Shovels Point, Tettegouche State Park

Although this hike is only around 2 kilometers, you’ll be amazed at how long it takes you to complete it - not because it is extremely difficult (though there are a number of stairs on the trail), but because you'll be making many stops to enjoy the views!

Jutting into the waters of Lake Superior, Shovel Point is one of the main attractions for visitors on the North Shore. It is located within Tettegouche State Park and is one of the many wonderful hikes that the park is famous for.

Made of a billion-year-old cape of red rock, this feature provides a great way to get above water level and enjoy some of the greatest views in Minnesota. The hike is perfect for all ages because it is short, yet incredibly beautiful. There are plenty of steps along the way that provide an easy stroll down to the edge with signs pointing you in the right direction as you move along.

As you make your way along the path, make sure to keep an eye out for views of sea and ice caves (if you're visiting in the winter), as they can typically be seen from points near the trail. When you reach the end, you will be greeted with views that stretch for miles, including those of Lake Superior and Palisade Head. This is a perfect spot to break out the lunch you packed and take in the beauty that is right in front of you.

Getting There
To get to the trail go to Tettegouche State Park (on Highway 61, 4.5 miles northeast of Silver Bay). Park in the visitor center parking lot. Start walking east (or to the left if you’re facing Lake Superior) on the trail between the visitor center and Lake Superior.