Silver Bay, Minn, a town formerly built on mining, is also a great base camp to explore the western shore of Lake Superior along with some exceptional nearby state parks that feature small inland lakes and some impressive waterfalls. I had no idea this type of diverse scenery was available in the Midwest. The area is located approx. 45 miles North of Duluth.

A great place to start exploring? Nearby Split Rock State Park has some great beaches, an additional cool rock shoreline and a photogenic lighthouse!

Fifteen minutes away lies Gooseberry Falls State Park. A rainy late fall has the rivers running “full on”.

Tettegouche State Park is similarly spectacular and impossible to prounounce…haha.

BTW, pull off almost anywhere and you’ll find a seldom travelled gravel road with amazing folliage!

This scene looks entirely different viewed from 400 ft above (The Snitz Mavic 3 drone)

Temperance River State Park offers both intimate river scenes and some massive waterfall drops with tall gorge walls!

My favorite view of the trip? Mt Oberg!  Captured this after hiking in the dark @ 5:30am to catch first light. Image taken with a Mavic 3 drone to get the right vantage point.

The foliage on the way down wasn’t half bad either!

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