For readers on Trip Advisor, I am reviewing the short Cascade River hiking loop only, not the entire state park. Our family does this short hike numerous times each year. We live just five miles away and seeing the falls and crossing the road to see Lake Superior is fun for everyone in our family. Know that this trail is also connected to the Lake Superior Hiking Trail as well.
If you are in a hurry, it is just a short 5 minute walk from the highway up to the bridge which is where most people take their pictures. This gives you a great shot of the largest waterfall. However, if you go to the far left of the bridge over to the westernmost edge you will see a small lookout which is the best place for a picture (in my opinion) as you can see the numerous falls and the river coming your way. I have a picture included so you know what I mean.
The trail is marked well and is well taken care of. Keep an eye on little kids. There are edges where if you fall, there is no coming back. Young kids cannot just run crazy and unattended. After a rain, the river is fun to watch, just know that there are places on the trail and on the rocks that will then be a bit slippery.
Beyond the bridge at the halfway point, you can continue up the trail a bit more on the eastern side of the river you come out at the top and it is a neat place to walk along the river and even have a picnic if you prefer the scenery over a picnic table by the Lodge.
One thing to note for families, know that Highway 61 is the one major highway along the North Shore. People speed through this 40 zone frequently, so watch your kids and respect the highway. Overall, a great place with great scenery. If you are coming up the shore, this stop can be as short or as long as you want it. Make the stop, it is worth it.
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