Spring is For Adventure in Cook County

Cook County offers waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, wildlife, native flowers, art, dog-friendly activities, and more

Two men and their dog standing on the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior in Cook County, Minnesota.

Even die-hard winter lovers have a soft spot in their hearts for that lovely time of year when temperatures start rising, snow starts melting, and life begins anew. Cook County, Minnesota, may be a winter wonderland, but it’s also home to unmatched spring adventure just waiting to be experienced.

Visit Cook County invites visitors from near and far to plan a trip north this spring. Come and experience the natural beauty, the untamed adventure and the finer things that make Minnesota’s Arrowhead region such a unique and inspiring place to visit.

A young couple admiring a waterfall in Cook County, Minnesota.

Discover the Majesty of Waterfall Season

When the snow starts melting, the waterfalls start flowing, and you won’t believe the raw hydrological power that cascades down from the highlands into Lake Superior. A simple hike becomes an adventure to remember forever during waterfall season.

Viewing High Falls in Grand Portage State Park is always a springtime favorite. Rapid snowmelt makes High Falls a sight to behold. At 120 feet, High Falls is the tallest waterfall in Minnesota, and also serves as the border to Canada. Hello, neighbors!

Download Cook County’s waterfall map to find the most impressive waterfalls and some secret spots that only appear when the timing and conditions are just right. You never know what you might see or how long you’ll be watching in awe and wonder, but that’s part of the appeal.

Get Reacquainted with Nature

There’s nothing better than getting back out into nature after a long winter. With nearly 400 miles of incredible hiking trails, there’s a hike to suit just about any taste, ability, and timeframe. No matter where you choose to go, you’ll be treated to beautiful views that will take your breath away. Keep your eyes out (and your camera ready) for varieties of Pink Lady’s Slipper, trillium, buttercup, violet, and more. This is natural beauty at its finest.

Be part of the triumphant return of many varieties of migratory birds to northern Minnesota. Every spring, hikers in the beautiful Superior National Forest are serenaded with the songs of over 155 different species of birds. Download Cook County’s birding guide to learn more.

Enjoy the Finer Things

Every spring, artisans gather in Grand Marais for the Art Along the Lake Spring Gallery Tour, which features special exhibits, demonstrations, and activities at unique galleries throughout all of Cook County. View the Art Along the Lake Brochure to learn more.  

A woman and her dog window shopping in Cook County, Minnesota.

Bring the Whole Family

Nothing makes a dog happier than joining the family on a spring getaway. After a long winter, it’s time for some extended outdoor time. Where better than up north? Cook County is one of the most dog-friendly destinations on the planet, with tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy together. Check out Cook County’s dog-friendly vacation guide for more ideas.

Find detailed information on upcoming events, one-of-a-kind spring adventures and outstanding lodging options for the perfect spring getaway at VisitCookCounty.com.

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