hiking trails north shore

north shore hiking trails on lake superior and inland

The North Shore has magnificent hiking! You can amble up a river, admire cascades, cross the river and return to your car in a half-mile [Cascade River], hike the 326-mile Superior Hiking Trail [S.H.T.] and any length in between. This is an ideal way to observe both the vastness of Lake Superior and the detail of wildflowers, geologic formations, birds and wildlife.  The S.H.T. has many options for day hikes and the eight north shore state parks have excellent trail systems, including many shorter loops.  Check out the Fall Colors page for suggested routes from Labor Day through late October.

accessible trails – perfect for strollers and quick leg stretchers, too

Sonju Trail in Two Harbors

Visitor Center to Middle & Lower Falls, and trails from the campground at Gooseberry Falls State Park

Along the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail

Walkways around the Visitor Center and Split Rock Lighthouse

Walkways around the Visitor Center at Tettegouche

Wayside Rest and bridge walkways at Cross River in Schroeder

Harbor Walk in Grand Marais

High Falls trail at Grand Portage State Park

handy hiking checklist

Obtain a map & familiarize yourself with the trail

Allow an hour for each two to three miles of trail

Let someone know your route and expected return time

Carry water, high-energy snacks, sunscreen, bug repellent, a flashlight and rain gear [toilet paper is good, too!]

Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots
Always pack out what you bring in – dispose of trash responsibly
Trails cross private, county, state, and federal lands – please respect this

Consider bringing binoculars and a camera

looking for guided day hike?
points unknown

offers guided hikes including Canicross hiking [combo cross country hiking + dogs] with one of their sled dogs; located northeast of Grand Marais.

Check out these North Shore Favorites

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