Sometimes we go looking for adventure or a cool destination, sometimes it’s just luck finding one or the other. Recently I was in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore for work (tough, right?) when I drove by a sign for Amnicon Falls State Park.
I’ve never heard of Amnicon Falls, but I LOVE waterfalls, and since we don’t have a plethora in the Midwest, I seek them out when I can. When I researched the state park, I started salivating: 4 named falls and apparently a bunch more were shown on the park map.
After my meeting for work, I drove to the park on the way back to my hotel and am I ever glad that I made the effort. Amnicon Falls State Park is simply gorgeous and, since it was a rainy weekday, the park was practically empty.
Note that you need to pay a daily fee to enjoy the park, or buy an annual pass that’s good at all the state parks. Since there was no on else there, parking was easy, and appears abundant enough to handle even a crowded Summer weekend of park-goers.
While the waterfalls are a definite draw, there are many other activities to keep one interested. Hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, hunting/trapping, snowshoeing, and winter hiking are all on the menu. Probably the coolest activity allowed is swimming, though one should be careful, as Amnicon Falls State Park has no designated beaches and no lifeguards.
Amnicon Falls State Park Slide Show:
If you’re in the area for other reasons, it’s definitely worth making any sort of detour necessary to visit. The heavily forested hiking trails make one truly appreciate the concept of forest bathing, and the water surrounds one at all times, either visually and always aurally.
Directions to Amnicon Falls State Park:
- Lakeshore Trail, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
- Lindholm Service Station, Cloquet, Minnesota
- Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota
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