There’s more than the lighthouse?
A stop at the state park should include Split Rock lighthouse hiking for some great views of the Lake Superior shoreline and north shore coast.
Where is it?
Hiking here is part of the state park that houses the light house and the campground. The state park is located about 20 miles (32km) northeast of Two Harbors along highway 61. Traveling north, it is located on the right hand side of the highway.
SplitRock Lighthouse Hiking
There is about 12 miles of trails throughout the network, more if you count the superior hiking trail that passes through the area. The best trail takes you over a region called Day Hill and past a point called Corundum.
The trailhead is located near the entrance of the park and runs about 3 miles round trip and is fairly easy, although the hike up to the top of Corundum can be more challenging as it’s not paved or packed like the rest of the trail.
The trail takes you along the shore and through the wilderness. If you want some great shots of the lake, cliffs and the lighthouse bring your camera.
The trail turns around at the SplitRock river.
Corundum point, a prominent feature along the trail is the site of an old mine. Miners dynamited the rock here mistaking it for corundum, a hard rock used to make sandpaper. If you venture to the top you’ll be graced with a great panoramic of the lake.
You should know
If traveling in the summer, some of the wilderness areas are a little thick and bugs can get heavy. Bring bug spray.