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Baptism River Cascades in Tettegouche State Park. | GARY WALLINGA While the High Falls of the Baptism River, in Tettegouche State Park (mile marker 58), gets all the attention as the highest waterfall in Minnesota (and it is definitely worth the visit), The Cascades of the Baptism River is one of our favorites on the Shore. Check out the park map for detailed directions to both. The Cascades seem to come out of nowhere as the Baptism River drops about twelve feet like a natural waterslide. Sitting at water level provides an inspiring view, and rushing whitewater drowns out every other sound. Sit a spell, soak your feet, and enjoy its music. For those who yearn for a more rugged and out-of-theway experience (but not super rugged or we wouldn’t have attempted it), we highly recommend The Cascades of the Manitou River in Crosby-Manitou State Park. This hike has a lot of ups and downs—stairs and inclines—and is about 2.3 miles round-trip. Leave Highway 61 (mile marker 49+) and drive 6.5 miles up Highway 1 to where it intersects Country Road 7 in Finland. Take a right and continue 7.5 miles to the entrance of the state park. Pick up a park map at the informational display board and continue to the trailheads where you will set off on Middle Trail, which is part of the Superior Hiking Trail. This 4-star waterfall is another of our very favorites. It is composed of three parts, which together drop 40 or 50 feet along a 150foot stretch of river. The upper section pours through a narrow gorge and onto a broader, middle tier comprised of multiple falls to the lowest tier where it splits in two. But if you visit in the spring, the tiers pretty much disappear into one lawless deluge. For a great place to stretch your legs (and then some) make a stop at 40-foot Caribou Falls in Caribou Falls State Park (we rate it 4 stars) (mile marker 70). This 1-mile round-trip hike has its difficult stretches—mainly the 150-plus steps down to the waterfall. But in times of high water—like now—there may be no beach from which to access the base of the waterfall. In that case, content yourself with the views from the stairway and try to be happy you don’t have quite as many steps to climb on the way back. Onion River Falls was pretty much unknown before the Ray Berglund Memorial Wayside (mile marker 86) was improved, and the marginal angler trail to the river transformed. The .8 mile round trip hike offers majestic views of the river valley, its waterfalls, and Lake Superior floating on the horizon. Lovely Cascade Falls in Cascade River State Park (mile marker 100) is a well-known and often photographed waterfall of the North Shore, emerging from a narrow black

Kakabeka Falls on the Kaministiquia River. | GARY WALLINGA

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gorge to pound 25 feet into a rounded hole surrounded by a verdant green evergreen forest. The easy 2-minute hike is always worth the small effort. No matter how many times you may have seen the waterfall before, depending on the time of year and the time of day, it may look like a totally different animal. Snap a selfie and share the scenery. If you’ve ventured north of Grand Marais, you may have noticed the sign for the Kadunce River (mile marker 118). What you may not have known is that the river affords an interesting hike (a spur trail for the Superior Hiking Trail), sometimes at river level and sometimes above it, with various waterfalls tumbling along its length. It’s about a mile up to Kadunce Bridge and, at times, the canyon becomes so narrow and deep that you cannot see the river at its bottom. Most people visiting the North Shore might not even consider a day trip into Canada, but if you like waterfalls, you should. Especially since Kakabeka Falls, a.k.a. The Niagara of the North, on the Kaministiquia River in Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is just 80 miles from Grand Marais. This waterfall is 131 feet high (just 39 feet shorter than Niagara) and spans 213 feet. Its magnificence is magnified by the romantic legend of the brave Ojibwe princess, Green Mantle, and the Sioux warriors who pursued her. You may even hear the spectral echoes of their angry shouts and see her lovely spirit lingering in the rainbows at the base of this mighty waterfall. Continue north on Hwy 61 to Thunder Bay, then head west on Highway 11/17 for about 17 miles to the park. Amnicon State Park. | GARY WALLINGA NORTHERN  WILDS

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