If you’re heading up to Minnesota’s North Shore, you won’t want to miss Tettegouche State Park!
Tettegouche State Park is located in Silver Bay, MN. It’s just 60 miles north of Duluth!
Mitch and I did a trip up to the North Shore last month and my favorite stop along the shore was definitely Tettegouche! The hike was absolutely beautiful with the massive cliffs, pine trees, and gorgeous blue water for miles!
What You Should Know Before You Go:
MN state park passes are required
You can buy a pass on-site or online! We always buy online. If buying online you’ll just need a piece of paper and a pen to write down your confirmation code and stick the piece of paper on your car dash. Daily passes are $7 and annual passes are $35.
Have a park map on hand
During our hike, we lost cell service many times. If you don’t have a park map, be sure to pull one of up on your phone in advance and save a screenshot.
Tettegouche State Park is very large with several paths to take! So you’ll want to come with a game plan!
Don’t miss Shovel Point
If you’re looking for breathtaking views of Lake Superior and the steep rocky cliffs in these photos, you’ll want to head to Shovel Point! Since we only had a couple of hours to spend at Tettegouche, we spent most of our time on this trail!
If you’re starting at the visitor center, you’ll want to head left (North)!
Northern Minnesota is typically quite a bit colder than the Twin Cities. Being by the shore on a sunny day, I could be chilly one moment and then warm the next. So I would definitely recommend wearing / bringing layers or even a change of clothes if needed.
Go on a weekday (if you can)
We went to the MN state park on a Wednesday towards the end of July and the trails were not crowded at all. This was super nice, especially this summer, since we’re doing our best to socially distance.
I imagine on the weekends (including Friday) it would be a lot busier. We went to another state park in the area on Friday and it was pretty crowded. So if you’re looking for less crowds definitely try to go on a weekday!
Keep a look out for another post soon on all the places we stopped on the North Shore (including Palisade Head, Lutsen, & Gooseberry Falls)!
Looking for a place to stay during your trip to Minnesota’s North Shore? We loved staying at Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors! Check out more about our stay here.