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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  • Split Rock is iconic for a reason! Spectacularly beautiful and tons of fascinating history. Great gift shop if that's what you're looking for. Lovely natural space too.
  • One of my favorite places to go on the North Shore! Fantastic area for the photographer in the family. Huge parking lot, with areas for a picnic. Long trip down the stairs to the shore line......even longer going back up, but plenty of areas where you can stop for a breather and take even more pictures!
  • A beautiful historical site a must-see plan for at least 2hrs. minimum to take in the Museum Lighthouse and trails down to the beach and back plenty of picnic tables & access for family friendly trip. Definitely a great values!
  • I recently went here with my family. We are members of the Minnesota historical society, which is good, because it would not have been worth the price of admission. Granted it was very chilly, so we didn't really want to go outside, but there just isn't much to do there.
  • The Split Rock Lighthouse is a North Shore classic. The hiking is very easy, suitable for the most novice hiker. The grounds are alive with historical significance!
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