Split Rock Lighthouse
Summer Map and Guide
Summer Map of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (SP) in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).
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MAP AND GUIDE: SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE STATE PARK 3755 SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE ROAD TWO HARBORS, MN 55616 LAKE COUNTY • 218-595-7625 VISITOR TIPS • The Lighthouse Historic Site is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. Visitors that pay for a tour there receive a free day permit to also visit Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. • Use caution when biking on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, there are steep hills. • Drones are not permitted in the historic site or the park. • In an emergency call 911 and alert park staﬀ. • Non-emergency sheriﬀ’s number: 218-834-8385. ONLY HAVE AN HOUR? • Tour the historic Split Rock Lighthouse. For details, visit: mnhs.org/splitrock. • Hike to the top of Day Hill, sit by the stone ﬁreplace, and enjoy the lake view. • Walk the shore at Pebble Beach to see Ellingsen Island and snap a photo of the lighthouse. LOOKING FOR MORE TO EXPLORE DURING YOUR STAY? VISIT MNDNR.GOV/SPLITROCKLIGHTHOUSE SO EVERYONE CAN ENJOY THE PARK... ABOUT THE PARK Split Rock Lighthouse became a necessity in 1905 when a storm wrecked six ships within a dozen miles of the Split Rock River. The historic lighthouse sits on a 130-foot anorthosite cliﬀ pushed up by magma within the Midcontinent Rift over a billion years ago. The combination creates a stunning setting that visitors come from around the world to see. The Minnesota Historical Society manages the Lighthouse Historic Site and the state park manages 2,200 acres around it. Visit and explore the cart-in campground, rugged trails, Lake Superior shoreline, Split Rock River, and Gold Rock Point. A FULL SET OF STATE PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS IS AVAILABLE AT MNDNR.GOV. PARK OPEN 8 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. The Lighthouse Historic Site closes at dusk. VEHICLE PERMITS Permits required; purchase at park oﬃce. Vehicle permits are required at the Lighthouse Historic Site when tours are not being oﬀered. PETS WELCOME Keep on 6-foot leash; pick up after; attend at all times; not allowed in buildings or at beaches. Immerse yourself in iconic North Shore scenery. TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS Split Rock River Loop Trail 4.5-mile loop Hilly • Rocky • Boardwalks The rugged footpath on this popular section of the Superior Hiking Trail passes many waterfalls and has a spectacular lake view at the east end. Day Hill Trail 1.5-mile loop Hilly • Gravel • Rocky Start at the campground and hike to the top for a stunning view of Lake Superior and more. Go back the way you came or ﬁnish the loop with a long staircase to the campground. Little Two Harbors Trails along Lake Superior 0.75 miles one-way Flat • Accessible gravel from the Trail Center to Pebble Beach parking lot This trail has it all. See Ellingsen Island, pebble beaches, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and the Little Two Harbors Fishing Village location (active from 1910 through the 1940s). Gitchi-Gami State Trail 7-8 miles one-way Paved • Shared with bicycles Get on this paved bike trail from the Trail Center parking lot and travel to Gooseberry Falls State Park (8 miles one-way) or the town of Beaver Bay (7 miles one-way). MORE TO EXPLORE AT THE PARK • Check out a GPS unit or birding or discovery kit. • Rent the four-season Trail Center for your event. • Scuba dive the Madeira shipwreck. • Camp at one of four backpack sites. − CAMPGROUND QUIET HOURS 10 p.m.– 8 a.m.; only registered campers may be in campground during quiet hours. FIREWOOD Must be purchased at this park or from vendors who sell wood approved for this park; no gathering ﬁrewood in the park. BE OUR GUEST Reserve a backpack or cart-in campsite for a rustic experience. Visit mndnr.gov/reservations. MORE INFORMATION Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Information Center 500 Lafayette Rd. , St. Paul, MN 55155-4040 888-646-6367 or mndnr.gov/parks The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This information may be available in alternative format upon request.