Where to go: The panorama of fall is best experienced with the mile hike to the Upper Falls and the Devil's Kettle. Woodland hikes on the Timberdoodle and Gauthier Creek Trails transport the visitor through a forest mix of deciduous and conifer trees.
What you'll see: From an overlook bench on the Devil's Kettle Trail, the visitor can view the distant hills of the soon-to-be flaming hardwood maples; already there is color showing. The understory of the Timberdoodle Trail is displaying splotches of subtle pinks, oranges, and yellows; and the canopy of birch and aspen is lightening up and will soon be a blend of warm yellow and sharp golden. Wild flowers are peaking. The Touch-me-not is abundant this year, as are the fireweed and goldenrod.
Also of interest: Take the short western trail that goes under the highway bridge to a widening of the Brule before it enters Lake Superior. Although the park boundary ends before reaching the lake, one still can view the unique river-side vegetation of the high-bush cranberry and Joe-Pye Weed. This is a quiet, little-known trail in the park. Look for the up-coming report of the arrival of the pink salmon.Last updated: September 11, 2014
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4051 East Highway 61
The park is located 14 miles northeast of Grand Marais on State Highway 61.
Best time to contact the park:
Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fall, Winter & Spring: Please contact Cascade River State Park at 218-387-3053.