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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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  • We had a nice time here. Super great views and a nice area to walk around and look at things. Just wish we had more time. 
  • There are opportunities to take great photos along some trails with the lighthouse as a backdrop. A lot of time can be spent at the park walking the trails and walking along the shore of Lake Superior...  more »
  • One of the true gems on the north shore. A beautifully preserved and maintained site with breathtaking views. Make every effort to get Pete as your tour guide. He is the best. 
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  • Split Rock Lighthouse Park offers a unique combination of history and natural beauty. I've never personally been in the lighthouse, however, the park offers some nice trails that aren't too long such as the one up Day Hill. The cart in campsites are also very nice as they are right on the water. Most of the "carting" distances aren't very long either, so don't be intimidated. Camping reservations do need to be made well in advance as they are highly sought after.
  • If you are traveling to the North Shore, the Split Rock lighthouse is a must see. The view is spectacular and the lighthouse and other buildings available to tour are both historical and impeccable. I recommend taking the 20-minute tour as the guide shares stories that you will not hear on a self-guided tour. My favorite story was about the courage of a young man who saved several lives after a shipwreck on the rocks. After the tour, visitors can explore the grounds, houses, and other buildings on their own. The visitor center includes a gift shop where you can buy trinkets and books about the region.
  • A fun, historic place to visit. I never tire of seeing the great Kitchchigami -- Lake Superior. The waves, the rocks -- amazing amazing amazing.
  • It's a beautiful setting - dramatic really! There's lots of hiking you can do in the park and around the lighthouse. They've done a good job of telling its story/history. The drive up is nice and the surrounding area is peaceful and beautiful. If you visit, it's worth giving yourself time to hike surrounding trails and to take in the history. The lighthouse keepers' houses are really neat as well! You'll want at least an afternoon if you really intend to take advantage of the lighthouse and park and not feel rushed .
  • If you're driving along the Northshore Scenic Route, this is a must see. This lighthouse is spectacular and holds alot of history behind it. They have guided tours that they'll educate you while you're site seeing. The buildings are clean and well maintained. The staff was friendly and professional.