Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park: A Scenic Drive You Won’t Forget
If you’re looking for an exciting and awe-inspiring destination to visit, Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park is definitely worth checking out. I have had the pleasure of exploring this steep cliff that rises 932 feet above Lake Superior, more than once. Let me tell you, the views were nothing short of amazing.
As someone who loves adventure and natural wonders, Palisade Head quickly became one of my favorite destinations in the area.
We like to make a quick stop to take in the views every time we travel on Highway 61. So if you’re ready to experience some of the most thrilling views of Lake Superior and its surroundings, let’s dive into what this destination offers!
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What is Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park?
Palisade Head is a steep cliff that sits 932 feet above Lake Superior, within Tettegouche State Park. It’s one of the most popular attractions of the park, offering thrilling views of the lake and the surrounding landscapes.
How do I get to Palisade Head?
Palisade Head is on the North Shore Scenic Drive, around 4 miles northeast of Silver Bay off of Highway 61. There’s a parking lot at the top of the cliff, as wells as a lower parking lot for oversized vehicles.
Many people make the mistake on their first visit of parking at the lower lot and walking up. There is almost always a spot up top, as people only spend 10 minutes looking around before leaving.
If you have an RV, or are pulling a trailer, you’ll want to park at the base.
Pro Tip: When driving look for the large tower on the cliff, you’ll know the turn off sign is coming up
Is there an admission fee to visit Palisade Head?
No, there’s no admission fee for visiting Palisade Head. Normally as part of Tettegouche State Park, you’d pay a daily parking fee of $7 per vehicle or require a State Parks Permit. But since this is a roadside stop, they do not charge admission for vehicles.
Did you know you don’t have to pay to visit Tettegouche, Gooseberry Falls, or Grand Portage State park. The key is knowing where to park for free. Check out my full guide on MN State Park Hacks.
What is the history of Palisade Head?
Palisade Head is considered a geological wonder. It was formed by ancient lava flows that were hardened over millions of years. It’s also known to have been used by early Native American tribes as a hunting and fishing spot.
What are the hiking trails at Palisade Head?
There is just one official hiking trail to Palisade Head. It lead visitors from the base of the mountain to the top. Most visitors take the time to carve out their own part of the rock and enjoy the view.
If you want to do some more climbing in the area, you need to check out the rest of Tettegouche State Park, or the Superior Hiking Trail.
Check out my full review of Hiking at Tettegouche State Park. It’s absolutely stunning there, so if you have time, I highly recommend it.
Can I climb Palisade Head?
Rock climbing at Palisade Head in Tettegouche State Park is allowed but only recommended for experienced climbers only as the cliffs are extremely high and the rock is often loose.
Climbing is also limited to designated areas and requires a permit from the park.
When you stop by to visit, keep an eye out for climbing ropes and on most nice days, you’ll find people making their accent.
Is Palisade Head safe to visit?
While Palisade Head offers breathtaking views, visitors should exercise caution when exploring it.
The cliff edges are high, and there are no safety rails or barriers.
Visitors should also know changing weather and slippery rocks.
As a parent this can be a little nerve-wracking. Just keep an eye on your kids and teach them proper safety.
Are there any restrictions on visiting Palisade Head?
Visitors are required to follow park rules and guidelines, including staying on designated trails.
As part of Tettegouche State Park, the park follows the same hours of operation. There is a restriction on access to the road between the hours of 8 am – 10 pm.
In the winter, the road is not plowed, closing off the top lot. But they allow visitors to part at the bottom and hike up.
What are some of the best viewpoints or photo spots at Palisade Head?
The best views of Palisade Head can be found from the top of the cliff, as well as from the hiking trails that lead to it.
Love the North Shore? This is just one of the fun things to do while you are there. We usually stop on once on our way to take in the sites to the other great things to do. Check out my full post on all my favorite stops: 28+ Stops on the North Shore’s Highway 61 – Minnesota’s Road Trip
Can I camp at Palisade Head or near Tettegouche State Park?
Yes, both Tettegouche State Park and nearby parks offer camping. However, camping near Palisade Head itself is not allowed.
What are you waiting for!
Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park is a must-visit destination for everyone. I highly recommend adding this spot to your travel bucket list. Just remember to exercise caution, follow park rules, and enjoy every moment of your visit. I can’t wait to go back and explore more of what this beautiful state park offers.