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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  • We arrived the day after they closed all the historic buildings for the season, so there is not as much to explore at the site of the light house. We did explore plenty of the hiking options along the...  more »
  • This was our favorite lighthouse, and we saw several. Make sure to take the time to check it out, and get the view from at the bottom of the stairs. It is well worth your time!  more »
  • First of all, the park is BEAUTIFUL! There are many sights to see beyond the lighthouse. We enjoyed geocaching, hiking and pebble beach (the kids FAVORITE!). The sites are hike in only, with pit toile...  more »
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  • By far one of the best destinations along the North Shore of Minnesota. If you're in the area, you need to stop by! The staff are knowledgeable and the guided tours are really interesting. You also have the option to explore on your own if you're not interested in a guided experience. If you have the time, and the weather is amicable, I highly recommend taking the hike down the trail to the shore. It's a relatively easy hike down, however, it would be tougher with a stroller or wheelchair. Prepare yourself for some moderate exertion. If you're able to wear your child in a carrier or 'Boba Wrap' style, you'll be better off. 10/10 Would go back in the Fall/Early Winter. If you dress warm enough, it's worth experiencing Lake Superior in October/November when the waves are high and the leaves are changing colors.
  • Beautiful beyond words. We went on a cold, crystal clear day and it was breathtaking. Wonderful welcome center, helpful staff, great gift shop, and clean restrooms. They also have a short video about the history of the lighthouse and why it was built. I can't wait to go back.
  • We are from Georgia and were in Minnesota working. While looking for interesting things to do besides the obvious (zoos, magnificent lakes, etc), we discovered Split Rock. The drive was beautiful on the way and the tour was very interesting. They have a nice gift shop as well.
  • Very interesting.Historic place well suited for adults and children. Friendly staff and incredible views of Lake Superior. Entrance fees could certainly be cheaper. Found things to be rather expensive.
  • There are many state parks along the north shore but for stunning visual landscapes, this park tops all. The only missing thing would be waterfalls and large rivers but for sights along the lake, cliffs, and woods, this is the best any time of year - many of the best viewpoints are a long way from the lighthouse and this park actually has a lot of land that could be explored if there were more paths.

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