Explore the High Falls of the Pigeon River

Minnesota Grand Portage State Park Parking Lot

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

Explore this 120 ft. waterfall (tallest in the state) at the top of Minnesota’s North Shore.

This is a must-visit if you find yourself near the Minnesota-Canadian border by Lake Superior. A quick turn into the Grand Portage State Park parking lot off of Highway 61, and a short 0.5 mile walk (from the parking lot) is all it takes to see one of the most breathtaking waterfalls Minnesota has to offer. The .5 mile trail is paved and has a boardwalk near the falls making it wheelchair accessible and very easy for young children or older adventurers.

Along the paved path to high falls, the first of two stairways on the right leads you down to a view of the Pigeon River. Be sure to check out the Pigeon River Gorge using the second trail and stairs on the right. This gorge lies just downstream from High Falls. Also stop at the visitor center to learn about the culture and traditions of the Grand Portage Ojibwe people.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
Read More

Reviews

Overall rating: 

Leave a Review

Very nice because it is not very crowded. You won't find yourself waiting in line to take a picture. There are 3 overlooks, each with an impressive view

2 months ago
2 months ago

This waterfall is pretty amazing to see... go on a sunny day and you'll get a rainbow to top it off!

4 months ago
4 months ago

I experienced this little adventure from the Canadian side during the winter. Snow shoes definitely made it easier during that time of the year, but still an awesome experience no matter what. When the High Falls is frozen it is just as breath taking! On the Canadian side there is also a pretty cool look out that I recommend you check out. All in all a great location for an easy hike.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

We stopped here just before crossing into Canada on our Circle Tour of Lake Superior. Great, easy hike and breathtaking falls. Its easy to see why the Voyageurs had to portgage around this section of the Pigeon River back in the early 19th century as these falls and the cliffs surrounding them are pretty steep!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Allison HerreidExplorer

Minnesotan in New Hampshire | Grad student at UNH | Instagram: @allisonherreid

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Explore Black Beach Park

Minnesota / Black Beach

From the parking lot, you can head right to the beach and scramble onto the rock formation seen in the first picture.

56 Saves

Hike to the top of Mount Josephine

Minnesota / Mount Josephine Trailhead

To get to the trailhead coming from Grand Marais, drive northeast on highway 61 until you come to Grand Portage Village.

27 Saves

Climb Mt. Charity at John A. Latsch State Park

Minnesota / Riverview Trailhead

John A. Latsh State Park is directly off of Hwy. 61 a few miles north of Winona. Begin your hike at the parking lot, following the signs for the Riverview Trail.

30 Saves