Spring weekends are wonderful for exploring all the Minnesota’s North Shore has to offer. The scenic shores of Lake Superior are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. This spring, as the snow begins to melt, head to the North Shore and bear witness to the immense and beautiful waterfalls that form. Trails can be muddy and slippery this time of year, but standing near the raging waters as they spill over rocks and ledges will make all of the effort worthwhile. Duluth is the perfect place to stay during your North Shore adventure, and there’s one Bed and Breakfast that stands out amongst all the rest. Book your stay at the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast this spring, and come chase waterfalls with us.
Chasing Waterfalls in Duluth
You can easily spend 3 days in Duluth doing nothing but witnessing the area’s swollen rivers and waterfalls this spring. There are 3 state parks, all within an hour, that have incredible waterfalls worth seeing. They are Jay Cooke State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, and Tettegouche State Park.
Jay Cooke State Park
At Jay Cooke State Park, you’ll witness the swollen, raging waters of the St. Louis River. As the river cascades over ancient slanted rocks, it creates dramatic rapids and small waterfalls which can be seen from several different vantage points within the park. You can also walk across the newly reconstructed swinging bridge, which will give you a birds-eye-view of the rushing waters below. Don’t miss the Thomson Dam, either. The gorge here is spectacular. If you’re up for an adventure, there’s a 5 mile loop hike along the Carlton Trail that will take you past the Thomson gorge area by the Willard Munger State Trail trestle bridge, before looping back on the north side of the river. An afternoon picnic at Oldenburg Point is a wonderful way to end your day at Jay Cooke State Park, before returning to the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing evening.
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Within Gooseberry Falls State Park, you’ll find the Gooseberry River. The river travels for 3 miles throughout the park, and over five waterfalls and many rapids in which the water drops 240 feet down to Lake Superior. There’s an easy 1 mile loop trail that will lead you to the Upper, Middle, and Lower waterfalls, which are the primary attraction within the park. While you’re here, you should also visit Picnic Flow, one of the North Shore’s best examples of a well-exposed, hardened lava flow.
Tettegouche State Park
Head up scenic highway 61 for about an hour, ending at the stunning Tettegouche State Park. There are a couple of waterfalls worth seeing here. If you’re pressed for time, Cascade Falls is easier to get to. The trail is only 1.5 miles long, and meanders along the river before ending at the waterfall. We recommend taking the slightly longer trip to High Falls, though. Your time will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. High Falls on the Baptism River, standing at 60 feet tall, is one of the tallest waterfalls in Minnesota. Before you leave, you should also check out the beautiful Palisade Head.
After all of this hiking, you’ll be ready for the welcoming atmosphere and comfortable accommodations at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth. We have been consistently ranked as one of the top Bed and Breakfasts not only in Minnesota, but in the country, and even world. It’s your turn to find out why. Book your room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast today.