Explore the High Falls of the Pigeon River

1 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

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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.


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible


1 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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Not Overcrowded

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


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

Canadian side, eh

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.