Explore the most popular trails in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This park is situated on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Perhaps best known for its historic lighthouse, this park offers numerous recreational opportunities. Visitors can cart-in their supplies to pristine campsites along Lake Superior. Scenic trails along the lake link up to the spectacular Superior Hiking Trail. Anglers cast their lines for lake trout, salmon, and brown trout. The rocky beach is perfect for skipping stones into Lake Superior.

bridge out
12 days ago

Wet today due to rain but a great hike with lots of water features. We were able to cross river easily about.3 miles down river.

Awesome! The trail is nicely defined and along the river. The first half has some incline and lots of tree roots to climb over. Coming down the other side, there are loose small rocks in a few areas. The last stretch is paved. Some reviews commented on it being muddy. There were a few spots, but mostly dry. There’s a beautiful view of the Lake Superior and the green hillside. I would definitely do this hike again!

I trail ran this today. The bridge is out but took shoes off and easily crossed, less than knee deep. There are a lot of roots on this, and some steep short segments that I had to hike instead of run. But, overall loved it! Minimal bugs.

bridge out
1 month ago

We’ve done this trail a number of times. Just did it again yesterday which was our 7 year old grandson’s first long hike. Yes the bridge is out but when water is low you can cross the river. Or turn around and loop back no problem! Must be careful but we all made it with no problem! Common sense, good shoes and mindful walking, anyone really can do it.

We didn’t make it far. Gabriella was wearing flip flops and we encountered a big mud puddle that was just the excuse we needed to turn around. From the little bit we hiked it was great.

Great hike. I wish the bridge was fixed but we just crossed the river carefully.

We did this trail in October and May and I loved it both times. There are a lot of waterfalls and fun places to get distracted by. If you like running trails I would highly recommend. The Split Rock at the top of the southeast side of the trail is a worthwhile destination. Downsides, both times of year it was super muddy to start off, but it gets better after the first mile-ish. The bridge is also out and has been at least since October, 2018 so don't expect a loop. Still a great trail, regardless!

river can be wet foot crossed when tame.

The second bridge has been out for two years so it is no longer a loop but a beautiful trail anyway

Did this trail in the Spring of 2016, prior to the bridge being washed out. Gorgeous trail with amazing views. Can’t wait until the bridge is repaired to do again with the kids!

Bridge is out at the end. We turned around at spur lookout, which is about 1/4-1/3 mile south of Split Rock.

bridge out
4 months ago

Nice trail, varying conditions. The first half of the trail is super muddy right now. The bridge is out so it's more of an out and back trail at the moment. Great views.

beautiful! perfect for snowshoeing on a sunny day! you will see many friendly deer! took us about 3 hours to complete.

I snowshoed the day trail with a pup in tow and had a great day!

Did this trail with snowshoes. It was beautiful, but the snow is quite deep in places. Made it especially difficult where no one had blazed the trail. The bridge at the top of the loop is out. We crossed the frozen river, but was nervous about it. The full loop has great river valley views and long views of Superior at the end. If I did it again in current conditions, I would turn back at the bridge. That avoids crossing the frozen river and the really deep snow on the north side. Plus, the river valley is what’s best on this hike.

Went hiking here in September, trail starts along the split rock river and takes you up the left (west) side the whole way until you cross. Bridge was still out but the river narrowed enough for us to cross with ease. Once you cross you’ll hike for a bit and then come up on a ridge with views of Superior.. definitely a good ending to the hike!!

Never been on the trail before but really enjoyed the hike. The trail is in a little disarray with several planks requiring maintenance. Also, this trail is no longer a loop as the bridge to cross the river has been removed so now the hike is out and back. I still think this is a worthwhile hike but I am disappointed it is no longer a loop (for now anyway).

Muddy but great trail with some challenge

This was a fantastic hike! The views of the river are gorgeous and ever changing - much like the landscape. I recommend doing the loop counterclockwise. The views of Lake Superior at the very end are a breathtaking bonus! The bridge at the river crossing is still out, BUT is very narrow at that point and we had an easy time crossing. This hike took about 4 hours...and my GPS read that it was more like 7.5 miles to do the loop. Well worth it!

The bridge is out indefinitely while the SHTA raises funds to build a new bridge. This is still true as of December 2017. Check for updates on shta.org.

very muddy but fun! bridge fixed

A bit muddy in sections, but overall a great hike. the bridge is gone at the crossing, but we were able to pick our way across on the rocks down stream of the bridge site.

Nice little 5 mile hike with a view at the end!

Pretty cool trail that follows the split rock river for about 2 miles. I warn you that the bridge is out at the point where it crosses the split rock river. Our intentions were to take the loop around but our trip turned into an in and out due to the missing bridge. Cool hike none the less, wet in some spots but still worth the hike.

Load More