It’s never too early to start planning a North Shore fall foliage adventure. If you’ve ever stayed at Superior Shores Resort during the peak fall season, chances are you’ve already booked a room with us in late September or early October–the colors are that good! The hills and valleys become a breathtaking blend of forest green, pumpkin orange, bumblebee yellow, and crimson. Nearly as beautiful as our colorful forest wonderland are the waterfalls scattered along the North Shore. Take note of these five North Shore waterfalls on your next autumn adventure. Superior Shores has premier Two Harbors MN lodging options, ideal for your next visit to the stunning North Shore!
Tettegouche State Park
There are two unique ways to experience Tettegouche State Park: the “easy” way and the “hard” way. A Baptism River hike at Tettegouche is best saved for late summer or fall when the flow has decelerated, and the water elevation has fallen. Skip the upper trails that lead to the high falls. Instead, walk the Baptism River by hopping from rock to rock and walking in the shallow water. We cannot stress enough, this activity can only be performed when the water is slow, and the river is low. You’re going to get wet, but the views from the river’s canyon are stunning! You’ll also get to climb three waterfalls in the process. Remember to wear proper boots and bring a backpack with water, snacks, and a waterproof camera.
Devil’s Kettle Falls
The mystery behind Devil’s Kettle Falls in Judge C.R. Magney State Park is alone worth the trip north of Grand Marais. Half of the Brule River at Devil’s Kettle Falls flows into a giant pothole and disappears into the Earth. But where does all that water go? Locals and scientists alike have been attempting to solve the mystery through a series of tests, some very juvenile and others very complex. The DNR claims to have solved the puzzle, but we’re still not convinced. The lower falls at this lovely state park gush through a 15-foot space in the river, but you can practically stand in the river during autumn’s peak!
Gooseberry Falls State Park is always a bustling hub for tourists, even in the winter. People from all over the world travel to the North Shore, mainly to visit these scenic falls. You can explore nearly every inch of all four waterfalls in autumn! The colorful ravine comes to life in the fall with bright colors, the soothing sound of rushing water, and a large bird population. Superior Shores Resort is the closest Two Harbors MN lodging option to Gooseberry Falls.
Cascade River State Park rests between Lutsen and Grand Marais. Cascade River has possibly the best color palette among all state parks on the North Shore! With several medium-sized waterfalls in a skinny gorge surrounded by tall trees, the trails on the Cascade River offer premier autumn photographs. You won’t need to spend more than 30 minutes here, but the short gorge walk will be a memorable one!
High Falls on the Pigeon River
Grand Portage State Park has the largest waterfall in the state: the High Falls on the Pigeon River. The Pigeon River separates the U.S. and Canada. Bring your passport, and have a picnic near the top edge of this mammoth waterfall! The High Falls lookout is about 100 feet away from the falls, but you’ll still be soggy from all the condensation. If you make the 120-mile drive north to Grand Portage, please make a pit stop at the Wayswaugoing Bay Overlook and the Grand Portage National Monument!
Two Harbors MN Lodging
It’s hard to select only five waterfalls, so please also check out Beaver River Falls, Temperance River State Park, and Chester Park if you have time. Superior Shores Resort is happy to be your North Shore getaway headquarters! Book one of our stunning lake homes for your romantic escape, family getaway, or business retreat. Fall is fast approaching, so start planning your autumn North Shore adventure today!