Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the north shore in Minnesota on Lake superior. I specifically wanted to go during fall because the colors are crazy during their peak season. I researched and learned that their peak season is end of September, so I planned to go there then. I actually was able to photograph a family on the way, and even had an engagement session while I was there!
One of the places I had seen that I knew I wanted to visit was Black Onyx Beach. As I was researching and trying to figure out where to camp, I learned that they recently opened a campground right on Black Beach. Needless to say I am mediately booked it. It was just me and my dog Nika who went together. We rode tripped there and camped and slept in my trucks rooftop tent together.
It was very cold along the north shore, but so beautiful! Luckily the trip was timed perfectly and fall colors were peaking and absolutely stunning! The first day we went to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park in Two Harbors. We saw the lighthouse and Elingson Island from Pebble Beach while collecting leaves along the shore.
Next, we visited Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay. Our first two stops in were by far my favorite places on the whole trip! The first was Palisade head which is a huge cliff along the coast, and the next was Shovel Point which is a short hike that brings you to an elevated view of the jagged coastline. The yellow fall colors were absolutely incredible in contrast with the bright blue water.
The next day we continued exploring around Tettegouche, and did the Baptism River Trail to High Falls waterfall which also brings you along stretches of the Superior Hiking Trail. We then drove along Highway 61 taking in the beautiful fall colors and stopped at Crystal Bay Sea Cave and Sugarloaf Cove.
Nika did so well camping! I had brought her on another trip with me previously to hike, but we stayed in a cabin that time so I didn’t know how she would do in the tent. It would’ve been pretty entertaining for anybody watching me try to get her up and down the ladder. She did well sleeping in the tent and also amazing on the hikes as she had so much energy and was practically pulling me along and up the entire way.
Our last day we stopped in Duluth and bought some local craft beer from the breweries in the area, and explored Chester Creek Park and Canal Park. Chester Creek was recommended to me by one of my brides who lives in the area and it was amazing for fall colors and the town of Duluth was very cool to see!
I’ve been trying to be better lately about traveling to places that are closer to home instead of traveling so far away. There’s tons of beauty right around us and Minnesota is proof of just that!