Grand Marais

With Lake Superior to the south and the Boundary Waters Canoes Area to the north, Grand Marais is one of the best outdoors towns in the North. Adventure in town on the rocky shores of Artist’s Point or head out into Superior National Forest to canoe one of the hundreds of inland lakes, hike a part of the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail, or head up the Historic Gunflint Trail.

Top Adventures in Grand Marais

  • Explore Artists' Point, MN

    The town of Grand Marais on the North Shore of Lake Superior is two hours northeast of Duluth and about 4.5 hours from Minneapolis. If you're exploring the Northwoods, stop here for lunch and some exploring on Artists' Point.Located just blocks aw...

  • Hike the Kadunce River Wayside Trail

    Cool off in the summer on Kadunce River Wayside Trail, a hike with small waterfalls that is accessible for the whole family. Follow the trail itself, or navigate down to the riverbed and wade your way upstream!

    1.5 miles

  • Snowshoe the Kadunce River Canyon

    The Kadunce River provides visitors with several waterfalls and rapids in the summer, and when the river freezes over in the winter, snowshoeing up the canyon becomes a possibility. The Kadunce River is located just north and east of Grand Marais ...

    1 miles

  • Hike Lookout Mountain Trail in Cascade River State Park

    Halfway between Schroeder and Grand Marais, Cascade is usually little more than a pit stop on a longer trip. Since the main cascades are just a quarter mile from the highway, there is usually little incentive to further explore the 5300 acre park....

    3.5 miles 529 ft gain

  • Hike Eagle Mountain

    This moderate hike takes you to the highest point in Minnesota, at all of 2,301 ft in elevation. The first part of the hike, which runs along Whale Lake, is a gentle upwards climb. You gain most of the hike's elevation in the final push to the top...

    7 miles 554 ft gain

  • Hike to Devil's Kettle

    For those who enjoy waterfalls, the Devil's Kettle waterfall is a must see. The Devil's Kettle trail will lead you to perhaps one of Minnesota's most unusual waterfalls along the North Shore. This waterfall of the Brule River is unique in that t...

    2 miles

  • Hike to White Sky Rock

    From Hwy 61 in Lutsen, you'll turn on Caribou Trail (Hwy 4). You'll drive about 4 miles and turn right for the public boat launch area. There will be a small parking area on your left before the boat launch. This trail is apart of the Superior Hik...

    0.6 miles 230 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset at Honeymoon Bluff

    Getting to the trailhead:The trailhead for the Honeymoon Bluff trail is just off of Co 66 (Clearwater Rd) which is 30 miles up the Gunflint Trail. From Grand Marais, turn north on the Gunflint Trail (Co Rd 12) and go about 27 miles until you reach...

    0.5 miles 128 ft gain

  • Hike Oberg Mountain

    The hike to the top of Oberg Mountain is short and sweet. The trail starts off with a climb of roughly 230ft in about a half of a mile before getting to the top of Oberg Mountain. At the top of the climb the trail forks, you can go either way sinc...

    2.3 miles 230 ft gain

  • Hike to Britton Peak

    This hike is very short and rewarding. It doesn't take longer than 15 minutes if you wanted to make it a quick pit stop before or after you hike Carlton Peak.From Hwy 61 just near Tofte, MN take Sawbill Trail. Go roughly 2.5 miles and the parking ...

    0.6 miles

  • Camp at Alton Lake in the BWCA

    A trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area requires some planning ahead. First, you'll need to book a permit/reservation via recreation.gov. Specify how many people are in your group, the number of watercraft you plan to use and how many days you'll...

  • Cliff Jump at Beth Lake in the BWCA

    Beth Lake is part of the "Lady Chain" of lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It's secluded, serene and worth the trip, especially if you're up for an afternoon of cliff jumping.You can reach Beth Lake in half of a day, assuming you set out in...

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