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Other miscellaneous things to do along the North Shore

Palisade Head Photo, Minnesota, United States

--Drive up the short curvy road to the top of Palisade Head (before the entrance to Tettagouche State Park). The views of the lake at the top are beautiful. Take a stroll to the right of the parking lot and observe the face of the tall cliff.

--Take a hike along the Superior Hiking Trail. There are many access points along Hwy. 61. This is named one of the world's top 25 trails and is 200 miles long. It winds along rivers, waterfalls, and through forests. It is possible to hire a shuttle service if you don't want to double back for your car.

--Visit the Father Baragass Cross at the base of the Cross River. It is a very short hike from the parking lot. The cross was originally placed by a missionary whose life was spared after he was swept safely to shore in a storm as he was crossing the lake. There is a sign pointing the way shortly after the highway bridge at the Cross River Falls in Shroeder.

--During the fall season (especially early fall), take a drive along the Heartbreak Ridge. It is a very pretty maple-canopied drive, a blazing gold. From Hwy 61 head N. on the Temperance River Road (Forest Rd. 343) then east on 166 (six hundred road?), and S. on County Rd. 2 (the Sawbill Trail).

--Drive up the Gunflint Trail, which begins in Grand Marais. We drove up a short distance and it became very foggy so we had to turn back, but could tell it would have been a scenic drive through the forest. There are many fine lodges along the trail and outfitters for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

--Visit Grand Portage National Monument, just before Grand Portage State Park. The monument includes a few historic reconstructed buildings and the eight mile portage used by fur traders on their way to the Northwest. The monument was the summer headquarters for the North West Fur Company until 1802. Costumed interpreters explain the history and demonstrate crafts (probably more in summer than when we were there). We went Sept. 30th and there were only a couple guys in costume and hardly any people there. But it was still interesting and admission for adults was only a couple dollars.

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