For outdoor enthusiasts, Split Rock and its surrounding State Park offer an abundance of dedicated trails and roadways that provide a variety of recreational opportunities --- all in one of Minnesota’s most scenic areas.
The Lake Superior Hiking Trail passes through Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, with spur trails leading to the lakeshore and the historic site. This popular trail is a 205-mile route, signed and well maintained, extending from Two Harbors to the Canadian border. All segments offer a variety of terrains and unmatched views of Lake Superior. This trail will eventually be completed to Duluth.
The paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail is designed for biking, walking and in-line skating. Currently, there is a 12-mile section completed---starting at Gooseberry Falls State Park and extending to Beaver Bay. It goes through the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and a spur trail brings visitors to the historic site and visitor center. Paralleling the North Shore, it will eventually extend 86-miles from Two Harbors to Grand Marais.
For water travelers, the Lake Superior Water Trail offers kayakers designated routes, landings and beaches --- all with spectacular views of the lake and shoreline.
Car travelers (and motorcyclists) find Highway 61 travel on “The North Shore Scenic Drive” –--with its forest vistas, rock formations, waterfalls, State Parks and lake views--- affords them relaxation, points of interest and unmatched natural beauty. The highway/drive up the coastline from Duluth to Canada has been designated as a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Roadway.