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We live and play in northern Minnesota—a fabulous landscape filled with wild rivers, deep woods, diverse wildlife, and the greatest Lake. An abundance of trails, campgrounds, state parks, outfitters, and lodging makes this landscape accessible to nearly everyone. We started There and Back Books in 2007 to publish guidebooks that feature this landscape and what it has to offer. Our books and blog feature detailed maps, clear photographs, and descriptive text to boost your confidence. We’ll  get you there…and back. We welcome your comments below. See you on the trail!


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Get your summer festival on: 2017 edition
June 23, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Get your summer festival on: 2017 edition

Freshly popped kettle corn, a new handmade piece of art, a cold lemonade—it's time for summer festivals. Find a complete list of 2017 Best North Shore festivals here … read more


Duluth’s Lakewalk: Bike to Brighton Beach
June 22, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Duluth’s Lakewalk: Bike to Brighton Beach

From the heart of Canal Park, a paved bicycle path leads 7 miles along the North Shore, through Duluth's eastern neighborhoods, ending up at lovely Brighton Beach. Get out and enjoy! … read more


Where to cut your own Christmas tree
December 1, 2016 by Andrew Slade

Where to cut your own Christmas tree

Do you love a real, living tree for Christmas? Here is a North Shore guide for finding and cutting your own. From the wild to the tame, you'll find the right tree with these directions. … read more


The Duluth Traverse / Hawk Ridge Trail
October 13, 2016 by Andrew Slade

The Duluth Traverse / Hawk Ridge Trail

A new trail has opened along Duluth’s scenic eastern ridgeline. Coursing along the rim of the hills above the Lester Park neighborhood, it's part of the COGGS multi-use Duluth Traverse trail … read more


The amazing Mount Josephine trail
September 3, 2016 by Andrew Slade

The amazing Mount Josephine trail

I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite trails in order to update trail information in my guidebook. Here’s a sneak preview of one of the most dramatic trail views on the North Shore. … read more


The SHT Gooseberry to Split Rock detour route
May 14, 2016 by Andrew Slade

The SHT Gooseberry to Split Rock detour route

There has been a change on the Superior Hiking Trail from Gooseberry State Park to the Split Rock River Wayside. Now, you’ll now walk along the Gitchi Gami State Bike Trail to cover the distance … read more