Cross River Falls is probably one of the easiest waterfalls to visit along Minnesota’s North Shore, and it is definitely worth a visit. It is literally feet from MN-61, and can actually be seen as you’re driving by.
The upper portion of the falls is the 2nd photo in the post, and this is the portion that can be viewed very easily. I’m betting that the falls look best in spring as the snow is melting, though this falls is large enough that it probably exists throughout the summer. The falls are larger than they appear in the photo. There’s a visual illusion that’s occurring here, making it difficult to truly understand its size just from a picture.
There’s a special present hidden from sight, though. If you look on the opposite side of the road, you’ll notice a trail that leads downhill to another portion of the river. From there, you’ll see a second drop (photo to the right). The second drop is narrower than the first drop, making it look equally as powerful. It does require a little bit of effort to get to the falls, and you will have to likely do some rock-hopping to get the best view of the falls. If you rotate 180 degrees, you’ll get some other great views of the Cross River as it approaches Lake Superior.
1) Cross River Falls is found right in the town of Schroeder, Minnesota. Schroeder is found directly along MN-61. This can be accessed by heading north from Duluth for just over 80 miles.
2) Schroeder is a smaller town, but it is distinct, and hard to miss. The Cross River is very clearly marked with a sign, and you should be able to see from the falls. If you miss the falls, it is a very easy turn-around to get back to the falls. If you are heading north, a parking area is found directly before the falls, along with information signs.
Accessibility: 10/10 (upper), 6/10 (lower)
Where in the World is Cross River Falls?: map