State Parks Near North Shore, Minnesota

State Parks Near North Shore, Minnesota
Bounded by Lake Superior on one side and forested mountains on the other, the North Shore of northeastern Minnesota is one of the most popular destinations in the state among those who enjoy the outdoors. The area affords the opportunity to scratch the outdoors itch in a variety of ways, from canoeing or kayaking in Lake Superior, to hiking or biking the trails that wind through the mountains, to camping at one of the state parks along the shore.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Known as the "Gateway to the North Shore," according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Gooseberry Falls State Park is the first state park people encounter as they travel north between Duluth and Grand Portage. The park includes 69 drive-in campsites, three group sites that accommodate as many as 50 people apiece, and a single kayak site. There are 20 miles of hiking trails that wind through the evergreen and birch forest of the park. One of the most popular aspects of the park is the Gooseberry River and, specifically, the three waterfalls that visitors can see and hear from inside the park.

Gooseberry Falls State Park
3206 Highway 61 E.
Two Harbors, MN 55616
(218) 834-3855

Tettegouche State Park

Hikers are at home in Tettegouche State Park, which includes 23 miles of trails. Hikers can gain a variety of experiences: hiking on the cliffs that overlook Lake Superior, along the Baptism River to three waterfalls, and along lakes. The park includes 28 drive-in campsites, six walk-in sites, five backpack sites located along the Superior Hiking Trail, 13 cart-in sites near the shore of Lake Superior, and five kayak sites. Two group campsites will hold as many as 35 people apiece. There are few state parks in Minnesota that allow rock climbing, and Tettegouche is one of them.

Tettegouche State Park
5702 Highway 61
Silver Bay, MN 55614
(218) 226-6365

Cascade River State Park

Given its northern location along the North Shore, the Cascade River State Park does not receive as many visits as some of the other parks, but visitors stand a good chance of seeing such wildlife species as bears, deer, moose, pine martens, and wolves. Visitors can hike along the Cascade River and see its waterfalls, or head elsewhere along the park's 18 miles of trails. The park includes 40 drive-in campsites, five backpack sites, and two groups camps that each can accommodate as many as 20 people.

Cascade River State Park
3481 W. Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612
(218) 387-3053

Article Written By Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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