North Shore, Minnesota Campgrounds

North Shore, Minnesota Campgrounds
Minnesota's North Shore stretches from Duluth to the Canadian border along scenic Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Numerous rivers, waterfalls, gorges and overlooks dot this diverse shoreline. The area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy year-round action including hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Winter visitors will find miles of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Campgrounds in the area offer visitors access to all it has to offer.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Located outside of Two Harbors about 40 miles northeast of Duluth, Gooseberry Falls is a favorite stop for North Shore travelers. Campers enjoy hiking, mountain biking and wading along the park's series of cascading falls. The wooded campground offers 69 non-electric sites for tent or RV camping along with three tent-only group camps. Two of the sites are handicapped accessible. A kayak site is also available for paddlers traveling the Lake Superior Water Trail. Facilities at the park include restrooms and showers during the summer months with vault toilets only from October to late spring. The park offers access to the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail for bike campers.

Gooseberry Falls State Park
3206 Highway 61 East
Two Harbors, MN 55616
(218) 834-3855
www.dnr.state.mn.us

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Another park along the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, Split Rock is most known for its historic lighthouse. The park offers a secluded tent camping experience along the shores of Lake Superior. This North Shore campground features four backpack sites and twenty cart-in sites. Visitors can use wheeled carts to haul supplies from the parking lot to private campsites. Two of the backpacking sites are also accessible to kayakers along Lake Superior. Showers and flush toilets are available in the summer, and vault toilets are available year-round. The park offers a visitor center and interpretive exhibits operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is located 48 miles northeast of Duluth on Highway 61.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road
Two Harbors, MN 55616
(218) 226-6377
www.dnr.state.mn.us

Cascade River State Park

Cascade River State Park is located on the North Shore near Lutsen, 100 miles northeast of Duluth on Highway 61. Hikers in the park can enjoy cascading falls that descend through a lush, mossy gorge to the mouth of the river, which empties into Lake Superior. The park offers access to the Superior Hiking Trail and the North Shore State Trail. The wooded campground includes 40 non-electric drive-in sites and 5 walk-in backpack sites. There are also 2 hike-in group sites. Showers and flush toilets are available from late May to October. Vault toilets are available year-round.

Cascade River State Park
3481 West Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612
(218) 387-3053
www.dnr.state.mn.us

Article Written By Lisa Shanks

Lisa Shanks has been writing professionally for more than 10 years. Her work has appeared online and in print in newspapers, books and consumer and professional magazines. Specialties include gardening and landscaping, the environment, consumer education and health. She holds a Master of Science in education.

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