Cascade River State Park, Lutsen

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Must see · State Park · Hiking Trail
Cascade River State Park is a state park near the northeastern tip of Minnesota, USA, on the north shore of Lake Superior. The park is in a rocky and rugged location, and has many different types of wildlife.
Cascade River State Park is also connected to the Superior Hiking Trail.
The site was originally named Cascade River State Wayside. It was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps starting around July 1934. One of the projects was a huge overlook wall, built from locally quarried gabbro. The roadside development plans were drawn by Arthur R. Nichols and Harold E. Olson. The project was considered a model for roadside development within the state, and possibly even outside the state. The development work was supervised and inspected not just by National Park Service employees, but also by members of the Minnesota Highway Department, staff of the Minneapolis Park Board, Civilian Conservation Corps individuals, members of the Minnesota Legislature, and even some Canadian officials. The wayside was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 4, 2003.
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  • There were people who parked on route 61 to take the trail to the falls. However, for 7 dollars for a day for all the Minnesota State Parks you can fit into a day, go inside the park to enjoy the...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our hike in the park. Stayed closer to the river. Not too difficult and beautiful scenery. Well maintained.  more »
  • Nice and well maintained campground. But the sites are a little closer than I'd like - there is very little privacy. Plenty of trails to enjoy ranging from easy paths to challenging hikes up to Lookout Mountain. The scenery is of course beautiful (as any SP along the North Shore is!). And there's a crow with a broken caw that is hilarious to listen to. I only give four stars because of how close the campsites are to one another.
  • Many things to do here for those who love the outdoors. The river is beautiful and there are a few places along the trails that are calm enough for swimming if you can stand the cold. On top of that the trails are fairly long with plenty of rewarding views.

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