State parks

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


New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park
October 14, 2014 by Andrew Slade

New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park

Nestled in a forest near the beach on scenic and wild Bear Head Lake, the new building is bright and welcoming. Running water, an indoor fireplace and comfort are available before and after your adventures. … read more


Spring waterfall season: 3 raging rivers to watch
April 29, 2014 by Andrew Slade

Spring waterfall season: 3 raging rivers to watch

Our winter snow is finally melting and water is plunging down the fabulous streams of the North Shore. Quiet and pretty summertime waterfalls are now muddy, raging torrents. It’s a great time to explore! … read more


Gooseberry Falls makes for classic North Shore ski
March 13, 2014 by Andrew Slade

Gooseberry Falls makes for classic North Shore ski

It's not a complete year of North Shore skiing for me until I've been out on the winding, wild trails of Gooseberry State Park near Two Harbors. Here's why I keep coming back and why you might, also. … read more


5 great North Shore things to do MLK weekend
January 5, 2014 by Andrew Slade

5 great North Shore things to do MLK weekend

MLK is the perfect long weekend for cross country skiing on the North Shore. The snows are as deep as they will be all winter. Fun events are planned for the parks and trails. And, nearly four weeks past the winter solstice, days are getting longer. Perfect. … read more


It’s North Shore candlelight season
February 5, 2013 by Andrew Slade

It’s North Shore candlelight season

We are in the heart of North Shore winter right now, with enough snow along the shoreline and the Sawtooth Mountains for almost any of your favorite winter activities. Some of the most popular winter events in North Shore state parks are the annual Candlelight events. Clear your calendar for the next few weekend evenings, because these magic outings in the winter woods are coming soon!These are great community events. You have never seen our parks so full of life on a dark winter night. Volunteers have worked long hours creating the luminaria, packing the trails, and lighting the lanterns.Trails … read more


Jay Cooke: Enjoying park in pieces
November 16, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Jay Cooke: Enjoying park in pieces

Jay Cooke State Park is a sprawling North Woods landscape etched in intricate detail by the St. Louis River. This last summer, the river rose out of its banks in Duluth's 500-year flash flood and gouged the park into pieces. The park will never be quite the same. But with a few detours in mind, park visitors can still have a great Minnesota State Park experience. Long story short, the flood cut the park up like a Thanksgiving pie, into four big pieces. It was cut north from south, and west from east. From Minnesota DNR The flood closed off the park entirely … read more