Vermilion Falls Trail


Vermilion Falls

The Vermilion Falls Trail is a 1/4 mile round trip hike. Walking from the village of Crane Lake go north past the Voyageurs National Park office,  where the road Y's stay left, then turn left again into a parking area.  The trail starts on the northwest corner of the clearing. The trail and the observation deck overlooking the falls are accessible. Vermilion Falls is a cascading torrent of water forced through a 10-foot wide opening in the granite. There are 3 picnic tables along the trail with beautiful views of the falls. It is a popular day use destination on the west side of the forest. For your safety, keep small children in hand when walking in the falls area.



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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Restroom closing Oct. 19, 2020. Water closed for the season.
Closest Towns: Orr, MN
Water: Accessible Well
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style) at trailhead
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: LaCroix Ranger District, 218-666-0020

General Information


The 1/4 mile round trip hiking trail and observation deck are accessible.


Vermilion Falls is located 27 miles northeast of Orr, MN. 

  • From Orr, take St. Louis County 23 to Buyck (16 miles). 
  • At Buyck, County 23 turns into County 24. Continue on County 24 for 5 1/2 miles to Forest Road 491.
  • Turn left for 5 1/2 miles to the Vermilion Falls Recreation Area access road. 

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No. of Sites 3 picnic tables