The historic site is surrounded by Split Rock Lighthouse State Park with a lakeshore picnic area, trail center, tent camping at well-spaced campsites, and 14 miles of hiking, biking, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails along the lakeshore and through the northern forest.
Fall colors are incredible at Split Rock Lighthouse. Visit the DNR website for a fall color report. If you want more information on visiting the North Shore, please visit the North Shore Visitor website.
A quarter-mile hiking trail to the lakeshore at the bottom of the cliff offers opportunities to get up close and personal with Lake Superior – and to get the famous photo of the lighthouse atop the 130-foot cliff.
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.
The paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail is designed for biking, walking and in-line skating. A 17-mile section is available starting at Gooseberry Falls State Park and extending to Silver 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, the trail will eventually extend 88-miles from Two Harbors to Grand Marais.
For water travelers, canoeing and kayaking is a popular activity along the Lake Superior shoreline. Visit the DNR website for information on the incredible scenery, paddle-in campsites and numerous adjacent state parks for exploration.
Car and motorcycle drivers traveling on Highway 61 along the North Shore Scenic Drive, with its forests, rock formations, waterfalls, state parks and lake views, find the trip affords them relaxation, points of interest and unmatched natural beauty. The highway and drive up the coastline from Duluth to Canada has been designated as a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Roadway.