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“Shovel Point and Stairs!”

Tettegouche State Park
Ranked #38 of 1,690 things to do in Minnesota
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Owner description: Located near Silver Bay, this area has waterfalls and rivers as well as forests.
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I took my senior mother here to visit all the state parks along the North Shore. We read that Shovel Point was worth the short hike. We were not aware of the 303 stairs (one-way) involved in getting to the point. They were definitely worth it. My mother's biggest worry was that there were almost no hand rails for her to use to try to maintain her balance on the stairs. She still surmounted all of them (yay!). The construction of the stairs was very well done and thankfully no slick. The views from Shovel point were awe-inspiring. You can get all the way to the edge, if you are so inclined and have common sense. Views 360degrees all around and for miles and miles. So very worth it. The visitor center is also a rest stop and very nicely redone. Clean and enjoyable to stop in to warm up from the cold outside.

Be aware the first two weeks of Nov are hunting season, so most of the park is closed because hunters are in the park. When you do hike, wear blaze orange.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We stopped by the Tettegouche State Park visitor center to inquire about trail availability. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff! The place offered an area to sit and enjoy a fireplace, eat, check out some historical info, gift shop (bought a FANTASTIC fleece jacket~great quality! And a couple nice coffee mugs!)
A long wall displayed the artwork of local/regional artist and their interpretations of the area. Clean restrooms.

Thank AnnieQ41412
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Near Silver Bay is Tettegouche State Park, the exit is right off the main highway. It has a brand new visitor center, which was really nice. I stopped at the park to hike to falls. (High Falls) While the maps and the signs show hike of just over a mile and a half, what it does not tell you that there are significant gains and drops in elevation. Much more than I expected. Indeed, the hike back to the falls reminded me more of hikes in the Rocky Mountains. While not a difficult hike, it is not an easy hike. The trail is well maintained. When I visited it had just rained and parts of the trail were muddy. Hiking boots are highly recommended. The trail, the woods, and the falls are terrific. I'd go back there in a heart beat. The park has lots of trails, camp grounds, everything you'd expect. Two small towns are nearby and there are plenty of places for food, supplies, gas or rooms.

1  Thank Jeff T
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We've traveled to the North Shore 5 - 10 times a year for more than 20 years. This is a great stop as they've constructed the nicest State Park building for visitors. The falls are a gradual hike. Dragonflies populate the area at the base of the main waterfall. We hike Tettegouche year round. There are longer hikes with great views and those are worth doing if you have the time and stamina.

Thank Rpod-lady
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Tettegouch is a wonderful state park with many options for hiking. The visitor center is a comfortable place for a rest after your hike or to get info before. You can park free at the visitor center and start your hike there. We went to shovel point and Cascade Falls. Both have breath-taking views! The hikes are moderate in difficulty. I had a great time spotting many different varieties of mushrooms.

1  Thank suzievaldez
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