Exploring Lester Park

This past weekend, Little One and I explored Lester Park, which is one of my favorite parks in Duluth. It is often overlooked by tourists and has more of a local vibe. Due to this, it is not normally crowded and there is plenty of space for activities. I know there are many trails I have not yet explored in the park (future blog posts?). For my trip this time I stuck close to the rivers and checked out the beautiful waterfalls pictured below. Of course, we also played on the play ground!

Lester Park features two rivers – Lester River and Amity Creek. Both have amazing views and a host of waterfalls. When entering the park from the parking lot, you must walk over a beautiful stone bridge. The bridge is also a part of the historic past of Duluth.


There are so many activities to take part in. You can enjoy hiking, water falling, and biking. There are also picnic areas with grills, a delightful play ground, and ball area. The play ground features a couple slides, a ‘rope bridge’-like structure, and plenty of climbing opportunities. There is a rock wall feature that the kids can climb that has little wilderness animals carved into it. Very cute!

During the winter, there are many groomed trails for cross country skiing. Head to the Duluth parks website for updates on grooming and trail conditions. There is also a large open area that would be great for snow shoeing or making a snowman.

There is so much to do in this park, I highly suggest you check it out!

Getting There

Lester Park can be found at 61st Avenue East & Superior Street in Duluth. You can find out more information about Lester Park on the Duluth Parks website. You can reach Lester Park via the Lakewalk trail. If you’re taking the trail, once you cross the river take a left and head up the road a bit to the park entrance. If you take a right off the bridge it will take you down to Brighton Beach, which is also a fabulous park.

This is a little shorter post then I normally write, but I just had to share this little gem on the North Shore. Have you ever been to Lester Park? What did you think?

For more North Shore adventures, check out my post on Gooseberry Falls and Lutsen Mountain.

Exploring Lester Park River stream
forest path
Exploring Lester Park, water fall and bridge.
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