Grand Portage State Park
The highest waterfall in Minnesota, beautiful welcome center with picnic shelter, and amazing scenic views - The Grand Portage State Park has it all! This state park sits on the border to Canada, so it’s a bit of a drive, but the views are worth the trip. Here are our favorite things to do in the Grand Portage State Park:
- Stop by the Welcome Center: This distinctly beautiful welcome center’s design was influenced by the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe. Look for the bright turtle on the lobby floor that represents creation and migration.
- Hike: Take the paved, ADA compliant trails to the High Falls of the Pigeon River. Torrents of water plummet 120 feet over the falls as the river winds its way to Lake Superior. (Note: the trail is not wheel chair accessible in the winter months).
- Mountain Bike: There are 12 miles of hard-packed dirt trails with difficulties varying from beginner to expert. Bikers can pedal through the rugged terrain and enjoy the incredible scenic beauty along the way.
- Snowshoe: Grab some snowshoes, which are available at the Welcome Center, and take on the non-plowed, half-mile trail to the High Falls.
- Go Birding: Print a bird checklist and try to spot some of the elegant birds that frequent this area. Birds you may see include the Savannah Sparrow and Dark-Eyed Junco.