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Top Five Things To Do at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015



Split Rock Lighthouse State Park occupies the land surrounding the Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the most visited lighthouses in the country. The park is located outside of Two Harbors (2755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road) on the shore of Lake Superior.

The parks location offers visitors many beautiful views of The Lake and countless opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and, in winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Of all of these things, five should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list.

1. Tour the lighthouse
The Lighthouse was built after many ships were lost in a fierce storm in November of 1905 and operated from 1910 until 1969. The lighthouse is open seasonally for tours and gives visitors the opportunity to view the lighthouse interior, lighthouse keeper’s home and other outbuildings on the site.

2. Visit the Pebble Beach
Pack a bag with a light lunch or just head down to the beach to skip some rocks. The beach provides excellent views of the lighthouse and is a great place to dip your toes in the water.

3. Bike the Gitchi-Gami State Trail
A 4-mile section of the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail lies within the park. From the trail you’ll find a great view of the Middle Falls waterfall and will also catch a glimpse of the Upper and Lower Falls.

4. Hike the Split Rock River Loop Trail
With 12 miles of hiking trails within the park, there are many areas to explore. One noteworthy hike is the Split Rock River Loop Trail. What makes this trail noteworthy are its unique red rhyolite rock towers near the boundary of the park and the beautiful overlook of Lake Superior and the river valley on the east side of the trail.

5. Grab Some Binoculars and go Birding
This is an excellent place for birding, especially in the spring and fall months when many birds migrate along the shore of Lake Superior on what is known as the North Shore Birding Trail.  Split Rock State Park has been designated an Audubon Important Bird Area because of the presence of Peregrine Falcom aeries (nests). When you’re at the park, be sure to bring along a copy of the Split Rock State Park Bird Checklist in hopes that you can check off the Peregrine Falcon and many other birds.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Resources:
Park Map
Birding Checklist


View other Top 5 lists:

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Tetegouche State Park
George H. Crosby Manitou State Park
Temperance River State Park
Cascade River State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Grand Portage State Park


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Gunflint Trail

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway is a legendary exploration of nature from the edge of the wilderness. It connects Gunflint Lake to Grand Marais and offers guests many things to do:

Towering Pines Canopy Tour: take this 2+ hour long trip above the white pine across eight zip lines. The views from the top are sure to take your breath away.

 Paddling: it’s easy to find a place to a paddle along the Gunflint. Canoe, kayak or stand up paddle (SUP) in the Boundary Waters Canoe area or on another surrounding lake. Since many of the lakes are paddle only, you’re likely to find a peaceful corner to explore.

Fishing: toss a line into one of the many inland lakes or streams and try your luck at fishing. Cook County boasts the state record for seven types of fish including Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Walleye.

Hiking: many hiking  trails surround the Gunflint Trail and range in length and difficulty. Here are a few to check out:

Wildlife Viewing: this area is excellent for viewing wildlife. Grab your binoculars for some bird watching, or try spotting a deer, moose, bear or wolf.

Gunflint Hills Golf Course: this scenic 9-hole par 36 course is just 4 miles north of Grand Marais.

Dogsledding: return when the snow flies to catch a glimpse of the Gunflint Mail Run (2016 Dates TBD) or the John Beargrease Marathon (January 23-29, 2016). Or, book your own doglsedding adventure with one of the local dog mushing companies.

Snowmobiling: though it’s hard to imagine snowmobiling in the middle of the summer, the 450-miles of trails that wind through Cook County offer a unique experience to riders during the winter months. Rent a snowmobile through a local company, print out a map of the trails, and be prepared for days of fun.

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