Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Two Harbors
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.Use our Two Harbors trip builder to visit Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on your trip to Two Harbors, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Some of the most stunning vistas on the North Shore can be had at the Split Rock grounds. Take the path down to the shore, and splash around on the rocks if you get a chance! Unless you're a history b... read more »
We did not visit the lighthouse, but had a great hike on the Day Hill trail. I would describe the hike as easy-moderate difficulty. We took our senior springer spaniels 13 &12. They had a difficult ti... read more »
Simply amazing. Like a step back in time. The tour was an excellent experience, views of the lake were phenomenal, and the photo ops were numerous. We climbed the lighthouse steps to see the light its... read more »
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 .
Simply Amazing. There is an admission fee but it's worth it. You can go all the way to the top of the lighthouse, follow the path down to the lakeshore and don't even need a park pass to visit just the lighthouse (you do for the campground). We've been here a number of times and will always come back!
Went before it was officially open, so I can't speak for the interpretive displays or the insides of the attractions, but the view was grand! If you go before it's open, is easier to get pictures without other people blocking your photo shots.
Open after 10 am with period actors and information. Looked cool but we had looked through everything before they opened. Gift shop had some unique stuff but seemed a bit overpriced.
Beautiful MN State Park. The lighthouse tour is very informative. Be sure to take the Little Two Harbors Trail to the Trail too Lake to see the pump house, tram house and the old dock location at the edge of Lake Superior. To get out to Ellingson Island drive into the park all the way to the road end to the parking lot. It is a gorgeous walk from there during any season - yes, even Winter.
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