Friday, June 3, 2016

Variety of great hikes surround Split Rock

Iona's Beach pink rocks.
While Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse State Park offers plenty of scenic and fascinating day hikes, the area surrounding it also offers an ample number of excellent trails.

Those trails generally can be accessed via Minn. Hwy. 61 either southwest or northeast of the park.

Southwest of Split Rock
The section of Hwy. 61 southwest of Split Rock to Gooseberry Falls State Park is only a few miles long but boast some of the most visited and hiked trails in Minnesota. That’s for good reason – among the sights are five waterfalls within a mile of another (River View Trail), a beach of utterly pink rock (Iona’s Beach Trail), and a moon-like landscape of billion-year-old stone (Picnic Flow Trail).

Northeast of Split Rock
The section of Hwy. 61 northeast of Split Rock to Tettegouche State Park stretches a few more miles than that heading south to Gooseberry Falls and is no less spectacular. The sights include the highest waterfall entirely in Minnesota (High Falls Trail), a cliff dramatically rising 300 feet above Lake Superior (Palisade Head), and great vistas from the hills overlooking the lake (Superior Hiking Trail).

Learn about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.