Cook County has over 386 miles of incredible Minnesota hiking trails, including the infamous Superior Hiking Trail, which is sometimes called “the Appalachian Trail of the Midwest.” You’ll find hikes to suit every taste, ability and timeframe, all within a landscape beautiful enough to take anyone’s breath away. So take your pick: Lake Superior views, waterfall adventures, river hikes and national forest loops. Cook County has the best to offer when it comes to Minnesota hiking trails.
6 Awe-Filled Cook County Hikes
- Hike the Boundary Waters. See the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) as you’ve never seen it before via the Kekekabic, Border Route, Magnetic Rock, and other Gunflint Trail hiking trails at locations like Chik-Wauk Nature Center.
- Hike the wildest sections of the 277-mile Superior Hiking Trail, voted #2 in the nation by the readers of Backpacker magazine.
- Encounter hundred-mile views of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest from the peaks of the ancient Sawtooth Mountain Range, like local favorite Oberg Mountain. Along the shore find trails at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center.
- High Falls, the tallest waterfall in Minnesota, plunges 120 feet through a misty, thunderous gorge. Access this beautiful gem at Grand Portage State Park. The trail is paved and barrier-free.
- See Isle Royale, the Susie Islands and Grand Portage National Monument from the summit of Mount Rose.
- Summit Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota was named “Best Hiking Trail in Minnesota” by the Star Tribune in 2013.
From stroller-friendly, barrier-free strolls to epic wilderness adventures, Minnesota hiking trails in Lutsen-Tofte-Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail, and Grand Portage will help you find what you’ve been looking for.