Cascades & Falls of the Cascade River
Ten miles above Hwy 61 the river abruptly begins its descent to Lake Superior. Dropping 900 feet in the lower three miles, the river takes a steep final run in the last quarter mile as it drops 120 feet through a deep, churning gorge. Which means you can hike about .75 miles, see multiple falls and cascade, cross the river on a foot bridge and return on the other side of the river, making this one of my all-time favorite short hikes. The river has headwaters in Cascade Lake making for a river that runs throughout the year.
Parking is off Hwy 61 at the river mouth; follow trail signs on either side of the river.
Cascade River State Park is at Hwy 61 mile marker 99.8, northeast of Lutsen.