One of our Favorites: Tettegouche State Park

July 13, 2017

Just a short 30-minute drive south on Highway 61 from Bluefin Bay, Tettegouche State Park holds a little something spectacular for everyone, from the most laid back of lake viewers to adventurous sweat-seeking hikers.

Before diving into the park’s 9,000 acres of forested wilderness, we recommend getting your bearings at the park’s new visitor center. Grab a trail map, check out the historical and cultural interpretive exhibits, take in a naturalist program, or just enjoy a leisurely lakeside picnic.

When you’re ready to start exploring, Tettagouche’s two-and-a-half-mile shoreline, four waterfalls, winding river and miles of hiking trails provide nearly endless options for outdoor fun. While we love everything that this park has to offer, two of our favorites are the Shovel Point Trail and High Falls Hike.

This moderate, 1.2 mile shoreline trail heads north through lush birch and pine forest, up a series of stairs and boardwalks ( stay on the trail – these passages protect fragile clifftop soils and plants), straight to Shovel Point and what feels like the top of the world. From this 100-foot-high cliff, Lake Superior stretches to the horizon and a breathtaking view of Palisade Head, a favorite of rock climbers, looms large.

Looking for a longer adventure? The moderately difficult 3-mile High Falls Hike has you covered. This adventure starts with a shoreline trip down to the mouth of Baptism River and its clear water pools, perfect for tossing a pebble or two. From here, follow the trail inland along the river, through an underpass and up a series of stairs and trails for 1.5 miles. Your efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the 70-foot tall High Falls, the highest waterfall within Minnesota’s borders. Here, you can either continue on to Two Step Falls or head back down toward a well deserved rest.

No matter what your desire, Tettegouche has it covered! We’ll see you there!