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Top 5 Things to do at Grand Portage State Park


Home of the highest waterfall in Minnesota, the trail in this beautiful park was carved out by the American Indians and is known today as the Grand Portage. However, viewing the falls isn’t the only thing visitors can do. Find a list of our top 5 favorite activities to do while we’re at the park.

Visitors can hike along the bank of the Pigeon River and enjoy scenic views, wildlife, and well-maintained trails.

  1. Visit the Welcome Center: this distinct 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.
  1. Strap on your helmet and go Mountain Biking: there are 12 miles of hard-packed dirt trails where mountain bikers, both beginner and expert, can pedal through the rugged terrain and enjoy the incredible scenic beauty.
  1. Go birding: print a bird checklist for Grand Portage State Park and try and to spot some of the elegant birds such as the Savannah Sparrow and the Dark-eyed Junco.
  1. Hike to the overlook: 4 miles of trails are spread out throughout the park for visitors to explore. These trails include the half-mile accessible boardwalk to the overlook of the High Falls. If you have some extra time, take the trail to Middle Falls.
  1. Snowshoe: Grab some snowshoes available at the visitor center and take on the non-plowed half mile trail to the High Falls during the cold but beautiful winter season. As of March 11, 2016, the park has 8-12 inches of snow cover remaining.


View other Top 5 lists:

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Tetegouche State Park
George H. Crosby Manitou State Park
Temperance River State Park
Cascade River State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park


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