This was the final stop on the way back home for our North Shore vacation. This campsite is about 20-25 minutes south on the interstate from Duluth. Though recently ravaged by floods in 2012, it's a beautiful area. The iconic swinging bridge over the St. Louis River is now repaired, so the trails on the opposite side of the river are now back in play. The geology here is really something else... lots of rock formations you won't see at other sites.
Another neat spot is the Thomson Pioneer Cemetery. If you don't want to hike all the way there you can park just off the highway at it's base and walk up the staircase. There are a decent amount of gravesites, and a lot of the headstones have decayed, broken down or been destroyed. There are a few still standing, and the dates of death range from the 1850's to late 1800's. The ground is also sunken in many spots, which we assumed to be the actual burial sites. An interesting trip through history here.
The campsites were great. Each one was nestled in a bank of trees, and ours was located right near a large rock formation. Really cool to be nestled next to natural earth crust formations. The restrooms and showers (4 in both the men's and women's) are modern and well kept.
Would definitely visit again. Would have loved to have done more hiking but after doing so much in the first days of our trip at other state parks, we were a little worn down. Overall, another great Minnesota state park.
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