State Park and Trails

Camping, hiking, canoeing, skiing, snowshoeing, picnics — enjoy the great outdoors all year round.

Surrounding the historic site is Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, which features a lakeshore picnic area, trail center, tent camping, and 14 miles of hiking, biking, snowshoe, and cross-country ski trails along the lakeshore and through the northern forest.


Whether you’re staying a week or a weekend, the park offers plenty of tent camping sites for your enjoyment. If you plan to spend the night, make sure to make your reservation through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ahead of time.


A quarter-mile hiking trail to the lakeshore at the bottom of the cliff gets you up close and personal with Lake Superior. This trail is ideal for an afternoon adventure.

For a longer journey, the 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 Duluth to the Canadian border. All segments offer a variety of terrain and unmatched views of Lake Superior.


For water travelers, canoeing and kayaking is a popular activity along the Lake Superior shoreline. See the Lake Superior State Trail for information on the incredible scenery, paddle-in campsites, and numerous adjacent state parks for exploration.

Driving, biking, skating, and more

The paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail can be enjoyed by bike, skate, or foot. A 17-mile section running from Gooseberry Falls State Park to Silver Bay takes travelers through the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and offers a spur trail to the historic site and visitor center. On your way, make sure to stop and listen to the sounds of Lake Superior and grab a photo or two.

For car and motorcycle drivers, the famous Highway 61 along the North Shore Scenic Drive offers relaxation, points of interest, and unmatched natural beauty. With forests, rock formations, waterfalls, state parks, and lake views along the way, the highway and drive up the coastline from Duluth to Canada has been designated as a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road.

More information on visiting the North Shore

Winter activities

Plan a winter adventure! Visit the trail center, which has a wood stove and a great view of the shore. Winter camp in a backpack or cart-in campsite for a rustic experience. Take a fat tire bike ride along the shoreline and see the frosty lake, or strap on your snowshoes and hike over to the frozen waterfalls. Remember, ice is never safe, so be sure to stick to the trails!