In Cook County, Minnesota, fall is a time of tumultuous beauty. The state’s northeastern-most region boasts stunning fall color, dramatic and exciting storms along the shores of Lake Superior, incredible hiking and biking trails, and an exciting lineup of fall events the whole family will enjoy. Ready? Set. Experience the beauty of fall in Cook County in your way.
Take a Hike
Cook County is a place for exploration, and with nearly 400 miles of amazing hiking trails, there’s always something new to discover. Try the Superior Hiking Trail, reach Minnesota’s highest point as you summit Eagle Mountain, or take a casual hike to High Falls in Grand Portage State Park, the tallest waterfall in the state.
Fall Color Drives
Throughout the entire region, vibrant fall colors surround you. All along the historic highway 61, you’ll feel like you’re driving through a painting. And it doesn’t ever get old. From Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder to Grand Marais and Grand Portage, and all the way up the Gunflint Trail, it’s just you, the road and the scenery. Find fall color drive maps and chart your perfect route.
Capture the Beauty
Fall is a season of inspiration and beauty. Every year, the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour welcomes both artists and art enthusiasts to the area to share work, learn new techniques and make connections. Visit home studios and art galleries, or take a class at the North House Folk School.
Ride Scenic Bike Trails
Whether you’re in Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder, Grand Marais, Grand Portage or the Gunflint Trail, you’ll find bike trails and routes to suit every rider. Log some serious miles while taking in scenic views bursting with fall color. Or, if you’re feeling a little more rugged, ride the Jackpot/High Climber singletrack trail at Britton Peak.
Visiting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) during the fall season is a completely different experience than any other time of year. You’ll feel like you have the million-acre wilderness all to yourself. The bright, sunny days are mild and mosquito-free, and the longer nights are perfect for watching the northern lights or telling stories around the campfire.
Experience the Dark Sky
When the sun goes down, Cook County’s sky comes alive. The BWCAW is a certified Dark Sky Sanctuary, one of the darkest skies in the world. Catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis/northern lights, the milky way galaxy, and countless stars, planets and other celestial events by simply looking up. It’s an experience you’ll treasure forever.
Plan a Fall Adventure in Cook County
Everywhere you look, you’ll find an adventure and beauty just waiting for you to seize the moment. Browse the Visit Cook County website to plan an amazing fall getaway and find deals on lodging properties that suit your style. Hike. Bike. Paddle. Climb. Create. Shop. Savor. Enjoy every moment.