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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Two Harbors

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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is a state park of Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It is best known for the picturesque Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States. Built by the United States Lighthouse Service in 1910, the lighthouse and some adjacent buildings have been restored and the Minnesota Historical Society operates them as a museum. The 2200acre state park offers a unique cart-in campground and scenic trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and bicycling.Natural historyGeographySplit Rock Lighthouse State Park encompasses about 4mi of rocky shoreline on Lake Superior with several prominent headlands. Named features of the shore, from southwest to northeast, are the mouth of the Split Rock River, Split Rock Point, Crazy Bay, Corundum Point, the mouth of Split Rock Creek, Day Hill, Little Two Harbors, Stony Point (site of the lighthouse), and Gold Rock Point. The name Little Two Harbors comes from the division of the inlet by a small island, formerly a tombolo, and refers to the city of Two Harbors farther down the shore. There are two shallow sea caves at the base of Stony Point.The east and west branches of the Split Rock River, not to be confused with Split Rock Creek, join in the park. There are ten waterfalls on the river, although because they can only be reached by a moderate hike on the Superior Hiking Trail and are not marked on park maps, they are lightly visited.
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  • Suggest you take the guided tour - the guide was very informative. Very well preserved historic lighthouse. Very nice scenery. Demanding hike down the large number of steps to lake Superior shoreline.  more »
  • Even if you don't camp here, you should at least take a part of your day to hike these trails and especially Day Hill. Views and the beaches are extraordinary and that is not an overstatement. We spen...  more »
  • This state park has a beautiful historic lighthouse (which is well worth the money for the tour and the movie). The cliff where the lighthouse is located has a great view of the beautiful Lake Superio...  more »
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  • This was a great stop on our North Shore trip. We learned some new stuff about light houses and the history of the lake. The facility was very nice and clean. We opted for the self guided tour and were very pleased with the amount of info we were able to get by ourselves. The tour is free, we just didn't want to wait for it.
  • Great state park, really nice facilities. There were lots of helpful staff and a clean and comfortable visitor's center. The Lighthouse itself was a good experience and informative historical landmark. The surrounding trails and paths were clearly marked and easy to navigate.
  • Historical actors in the lighthouse and home were able to answer questions that were historically correct. Beautiful views of Lake Superior, and hiking or bike trails available. Friendly staff and a gift store. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Such a beautiful place and they take such great care of the grounds. Also the people there are very knowledgeable and super nice to talk to. They always answer your questions and if they don't know the answer they find out for ya!
  • SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL! the walking trails are easy to manage, the falls are so nice and you can go right out near the falls, other water features and rocks. grounds, rest rooms and other facilities were very nice and clean. wonderful photo opportunities. would definitely recommend the trip.

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