Places to Take Pictures in North Shore, Minnesota

The North Shore of Minnesota is stunning part of the United States no matter the season. Sitting on Lake Superior the North Shore of Minnesota has plenty to see. Photographers will love capturing the coast, waterfalls, and unique landscapes.


Here are the best places to take pictures on the North Shore of Minnesota:

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls is a great stop on the North Shore full of spectacular waterfalls. As one of the larger parks in North Shore you’ll find plenty of trails, waterfalls, and things to see at Gooseberry Falls.

Gooseberry Falls Concourse on Google Maps

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse (view from state park)

The historic Split Rock Lighthouse is well worth seeing. The lighthouse offers a visitor center, tours, and plenty of history.

If you want a better view of the lighthouse I recommend going to the state park side, which is only a short walk from a parking lot. The view is incredible as you can see the coast, huge rock formation, and the Split Rock Lighthouse on top.

Split Rock Lighthouse on Google Maps

Black Beach Park

Black Beach Park

With great coastal views Black Beach Park is a quick stop off of MN-61. You’ll want to head to the south side of the park to see the black sand which sadly I missed on my visit.

Black Beach Park on Google Maps

Palisade Head

Palisade Head

The large cliff face Palisade Head is well worth stopping to see. Just keep in mind once you get to the parking lot there are no signs to see the view. If you head south east you should see a small stone wall that overlooks the Palisade Head.

Palisade Head on Google Maps

Tettegouche State Park

High Falls in Tettegouche State Park by Brett Whaley

Sadly I didn’t get a chance to visit Tettegouche State Park during my time on the North Shore. The park consists of plenty of hiking trails and waterfalls to see. Most notable of the State Park is High Falls which is the second largest waterfall in Minnesota.

Tettegouche State Park on Google Maps

Caribou Falls

Caribou Falls aerial

Caribou Falls is an impressive waterfall that consists of 3 tiers. Getting to Caribou Falls is a 1.2 mile out & back hike from the wayside.

Caribou Falls on Google Maps

Temperance River Falls

Located off of Voyageur Highway Temperance River Falls is a quick stop with some great views.

Looking out onto Lake Superior

The falls are worth the stop but I also loved seeing the cove they fed into going out into Lake Superior.

Temperance River Falls on Google Maps

Oberg Mountain Trail

Oberk Lake from Oberg Mountain

The Oberg Mountain loop is a 2.3 mile loop trail near Tofte, Minnesota offers plenty of North Shore views. The hike takes you around the Oberg Mountain with overlooks sprinkled along the trail. One of my favorite views was near the northern side of the hike when you get to overlook Oberg Lake.

Oberg Mountain Trail Head on Google Maps

Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls by m01229

You’ll find Cascade Falls near the Cascade River State Park. There is a short 10 minute hike located off of MN-61 to get to a vantage point to see the falls.

Cascade Falls on Google Maps

Artists’ Point

Located in Grand Marais Artists’ Point offers stunning views of the sky and Lake Superior. You’ll see the Grand Marais Lighthouse at the end of Artists’ Point and plenty of unique rock formations to photograph with water splashing on them.

I loved seeing the sun setting in all of the puddles on Artists’ Point.

Artists’ Point on Google Maps

Minnesota North Shore Point of Interest Map

Here are all of the places to photograph mentioned above in a map format. Perfect for planning your trip up and down the coast of Minnesota.


I hope you enjoyed my list of places to see in North Shore Minnesota. If there are any places I missed just let me know in the comments below.

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