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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (Lake Superior) Two Harbors, Minnesota

Located about 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors on Highway 61, this park gets it's name from the  beautiful historic lighthouse perched atop a rock cliff on the north shore of Lake Superior.

The Split Rock lighthouse is one of the most visited lighthouses in the nation and serves as backdrop for many popular photos. The lighthouse was completed in 1910 and was in service until 1969. Tours of the lighthouse and surrounding buildings are available daily throughout the summer season. Find more info here.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has around 4 miles of rocky shoreline and beaches. 

A beautiful black sand beach (Pebble Beach) is located just a short walk from the parking area. Several picnic areas are nestled in the trees along the beach.

A little further down the main trail will lead you to a beach area that is made of of beautiful colored  stones. This is a fun place to explore the coastline.

The vegetation in this area is mainly birch, spruce, fir, and ash trees.

The park contains 14.5 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.


Cart-in Sites

Twenty secluded sites approximately 2000 feet from the parking area.. Campers leave their vehicles in the lot and use two-wheeled carts provided by the park to carry their equipment  to their site. There are two wheelchair accessible sites in this area. Modern toilets and showers are available from early May until early October.

Backpack Sites

Four sites ranging from 1/2 to 2 miles from the campground parking lot. Two of the sites are accessible from Lake Superior for use by kayaks.

Reservations for campsites are required. Make them here.

Water recreation includes boating, sea kayaking, fishing, and scuba diving. Access to the Madeira wreck, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is available through the park. 


3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road
Two Harbors, MN 55616


218-595-ROCK (7625)



Happy Travels! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hollow Rock Beach (Lake Superior) Grand Portage, Minnesota

Located along the north shore of lake superior is a beautiful place where wild flowers bloom along a rocky shoreline and an unique island sits just off the beach.

Hollow Rock beach is located in Grand Portage, Minnesota just behind the Hollow Rock Resort.

The place gets it's name from the Island/Rock formation that sits just off the beach.

Quaint cabins are scattered throughout  the wildflower covered grounds of the resort. The place is very peaceful. I could see myself staying here for a week or so! 😊

Reserve Cabins here

 I'm not sure if you are required to stay at the resort to take advantage of the beach area or not. There was no one anywhere in site and no one staying at the cabins when we stopped by for a look.


7422 E Highway 61
Grand Portage, Minnesota 55605

Happy Travels! 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Black Beach (Onyx Beach) Silver Bay, Minnesota

It’s hard to find any place along the North Shore of Lake Superior that is not amazingly beautiful, but Black Beach is definitely one of my favorite spots! It is secluded and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We only saw around six people the whole time we were there. This is a crazy concept for a southerner that is used to very crowed places!

This area is privately owned and was only recently opened in 2015 for public use.

This unique beach is made up of fine grained black taconite. It appears gray in the photos, but looks black in person, especially when it is wet.

There are several picnic tables and a few fire pits to enjoy a picnic or fire. The water is a little cool, but the weather is great, even in August.

It is a great place for hiking, climbing, or just soaking up some sun while enjoying a great view of Lake Superior.


Water Plant Rd, Silver Bay, MN 55614

*Watch for a sign on the main road.

Happy Travels!