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Waves crashing, Tettegouche State Park

Ah Silver Bay, my home away from home.  I spent way too much time in this small town for work.  We had a big project up at the mine in town.  We'd go out hiking or biking or canoeing almost every day after work.  We got to know the state parks pretty well.

Tettegouche State Park - just north of Silver Bay - was the closest park and therefore the most visited park.  The Baptism River flows through the park, with some waterfalls to hike to.  On windy days, the waves crash on the rocky mouth of the river and you can get some great shots.  Again, I love this point because there are so many rocks to throw!  Sometimes I just sit there for an hour throwing rocks.

Two-Step Falls (low water), Tettegouche State Park
  But sometimes I go hiking too.

One nice trail is out to Shovel Point.  The trailhead here is actually in a wayside, so you don't have to pay an entrance fee.  From Shovel Point, you get great views of the rocky shorline, including arches and Palisade Head in the distance.

Another common trail is to the waterfalls - the High Falls and the Two-Step Falls.  I only hiked there a few times, and it was low water each time, so they weren't as impressive as they can be.  There is a bridge over the High Falls - not directly over the top, but you can cross it.  This trail also hooks up with the Superior Hiking Trail.

By far my favorite trail in the park is to the Cascades.  This trail is not marked and somewhat difficult to find.  It basically starts under the bridge that crosses the river on your way to the main waterfalls.

Me, Cascades Trail, Tettegouche State Park
  This trail is much less traveled - I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone else on this trail!  About halfway to the falls, the geology changes abruptly.  Suddenly you are in this area of beautiful smooth basalt rocks that are worn jagged by the river.  One rock looks like a skull and the water washes through the eye socket when the river is low.  The last time I was there I couldn't find this rock, then I realized the water was a good foot deeper so the rock was submerged.  But you can crawl out on the rocks in the river and just sit there forever while the water flows by.  It is so peaceful.   Oh, and I guess you could also finish the trail up to the Cascades.  You can also climb pretty close to the waterfall (during low water anyway).  But the Cascades themselves aren't that impressive.  Its just the hike that is so awesome.  Peaceful.

 

 

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High Falls
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Climbing up the cascades...
view from top of cascades
view from top of cascades
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Silver Bay Sights & Attractions review
Lots of hiking, rocks and waterfalls
Tettegouche State Park is one of the more easily accessible states parks along Highway 61 and the north shore of Lake Superior. The park has a waysid… read entire review
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