Have you ever had your breath taken away by a view?
I had such an experience arriving at the top of Rock Knob during a rare moment when everyone in the family was elsewhere occupied and I was hiking alone at Hartley Park.
From the vantage point on top of the 100-foot stone hill you can see Lake Superior in the distance, Hunter’s Hill to the east, and the Wet Meadow below.
But what makes it so spectacular is that you are in town yet the trees hide the buildings and houses making it feel like you are miles away from urban development.
I couldn’t wait to share the experience with my family.
A few days later, when we reached the peak together and took in the view, Finley, who is 3 years old, exclaimed, “Faaabulous!” with her arms outstretched.
No better way to describe it.
Sadly, the trails are not well marked in the park so it helps to have the trail map provided by Hartley Nature Center.
In fact, we got a bit turned around and ended up at the “root cellar,” a remnant of old Hartley Farm. You can see by the kids’ body language in this picture that it is both intriguing and spooky.
What are your favorite views in Duluth? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. Thanks!