Beacon Pointe is the Perfect Fall Color Base Camp

Tettegouche State Park

Beacon Pointe is known for it’s stunning views of Lake Superior, but our location also makes for the perfect fall color base camp! Between the nearby state parks and the secret local hot spots, there is an abundance of fall color viewing opportunities nearby.

Here are a few of our favorites to get you inspired:

Trail at Bagley Nature Area UMD
Trail at Bagley Nature Area UMD

Hawk Ridge – Besides being known as a great place for birding, Hawk Ridge is a great place for fall color viewing. There are a variety of trails in the area as well as several overlooks. Google Maps

Bagley Nature Area (UMD) – A 55 acre nature area with beautiful hiking trails and a small pond. Google Maps

Duluth Streams – The Duluth hillside is full of beautiful streams and rivers cutting their way to Lake Superior over rocky cliffs and through rugged gorges. May of these streams have rushing waterfalls and great tree-lined hiking trails. Learn more about all of the streams and rivers in Duluth here. A few of our favorites are the Lester River and Amity Creek, Chester Creek and Tischer Creek.

View near Enger Tower
View near Enger Tower

Skyline Parkway – Skyline Parkway is a scenic drive that spans the entire length of Duluth. The views of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Bay are spectacular and there are many overlooks and parks along the way. Learn More.

Enger Tower – Located along Skyline Parkway, Enger Tower is a 5 story structure looking out over Duluth and Lake Superior. Needless to say, the views are amazing. Google Maps.

Hartley Nature Area – Hartley Nature Area offers an abundance of trails with absolutely amazing fall colors. There is also a pond and several overlooks with views of Lake Superior and Duluth. (NOTICE: Due to the recent storms, the trails at Hartley Nature area are currently closed. Check here for updates.)

Swinging Bridge at Jay Cooke State Park
Swinging Bridge at Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke State Park – At over 8,000 acres, there is plenty of room to explore and hike at Jay Cooke State Park. Famous for the river gorge and swinging bridge over the St. Louis River, Jay Cook also offers miles of trails and a popular overview at Oldenburg Point. The park is located roughly 10 miles southwest of Duluth. Learn More.

Other Area State Parks – From Beacon Pointe, there are several other State Parks with great leaf-looking opportunities within 60 miles including Gooseberry Falls State Park (38 Miles), Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (45 Miles), and Tettegouche State Park (57 Miles).