Arguably the most beautiful site in Minnesota , Palisade Head’s ruddy cliff climbs 350 feet straight out of Lake Superior. A slim road at mile marker 57 snakes to the top, where you can walk along as much of the rim as your fear lets you—needless to say, be careful.
Even severe acrophobes should make the trip just to take in the wonderful scenery in the distance. Shovel Point, another rhyolite lava headland, crawls out of the lake to the north, and Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands are visible on the horizon.
Palisade Head is a part of Tettegouche State Park , the main entrance of which is just 1.5 miles away, though no state park sticker is required for visits of less than an hour. Rock climbers need free permits from the park office.