Happy October! In our search for autumn colors the last couple days we’ve been greeted by Crimson and Rust Maples, Yellow Aspen and Golden Birch. We’re also still seeing lots of green leafed trees holding steady throughout the forest. The yet-to-turn deciduous trees and the dark green evergreens create a beautiful contrast against the deep reds, oranges, and yellows. We are at approximately 30% color change along Lake Superior at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. For locations farther inland we are reporting 50-75% color change.
Here are a few places we explored in the last two days to investigate the fall color. Add these to your North Shore vacation itinerary and visit our fall color gallery to see a few more photos from our adventures.
Hiking Leveaux Mountain: The Leveaux Mountain hike is a 3.2 mile loop providing incredible overlooks with views of Lake Superior and inland forests of maples showing off their fall colors. The trail follows a ridge through old-growth cedar and red pine forests rising 1,000 feet above the lake. This trail head is only a few miles from Bluefin Bay family of Resorts and the parking lot is also the access point for the popular Oberg Mountain loop. You won’t regret taking this less travelled trail!
Hiking at Cascade River State Park: This trail can be accessed right off Highway 61 and leads you to a series of waterfalls through Cascade River State Park near Lutsen. Bonus this year: We’ve had some good rain lately so the waterfalls are rushing! You can also join this guided hike activity while staying at Bluefin Bay. An easy/moderate activity the whole family will enjoy.
Driving the Caribou Trail: We always love any excuse to head up the Caribou Trail! The yellows and golden leaves are mixed with green in the first mile but the crimson and rust colors dominate a couple miles up the trail. Travel the entire honeymoon trail loop to see a variety of fall colors.
Don’t forget to check the MN DNR’s Fall Color Finder website for a color map of the entire state. There is still lots of color on the North Shore and the waterfalls are rushing…plan your trip today!