Located within Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head is a 200-foot rock cliff that drops into Lake Superior. It is believed to have been formed almost 1.1 billion years ago from a lava flow that pushed the rock outward into Lake Superior. Shovel Point and most of Tettegouche State Park, was also formed from this extremely hard volcanic rock.
The rock formation sits right on the edge of Lake Superior and offers one of the most spectacular and accessible views of the North Shore. The views can be enjoyed from the top of the cliff or along the trail which leaves the parking lot. On clear days visitors can see the surrounding Sawtooth Mountains, miles of Lake Superior shoreline and over the lake to Wisconsin.
There are not many amenities at Palisade Head except a narrow road for accessibility, a small parking lot, and a couple of rock climbing walls near the edge of the cliff. Nevertheless, not much is needed in order to enjoy this place.
Palisade Head is three miles northeast of Silver Bay or about 28 miles southwest of Chateau LeVeaux. The turnoff is located near mile marker 57 along Highway 61 and is marked by signs.