great state parks on the north shoreFabulous day hikesExplore the shore from your campsiteWe love the Superior Hiking TrailGet the skinny on XC ski trails

great state parks on the north shore

Jay Cooke. Gooseberry Falls. Split Rock Lighthouse. Tettegouche. Temperance River...and many more! Explore all 9 state parks.
great state parks on the north shore

Fabulous day hikes

From Duluth to Grand Portage, discover magnificent trails that wind through state parks, the Superior Hiking Trail…even the BWCA.
Fabulous day hikes

Explore the shore from your campsite

Enjoy Lake Superior views, catch a nice fish, relax is peace and quiet, and find an ideal place to camp.
Explore the shore from your campsite

We love the Superior Hiking Trail

The SHT is now complete and runs from Duluth, Minnesota to the Canadian border.
We love the Superior Hiking Trail

Get the skinny on XC ski trails

Ski lovers rejoice! The North Shore is home to 700+ kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails.
Get the skinny on XC ski trails

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  • 1Camping

    Campgrounds are places of magic: camping restores our deep connections to nature and a campfire connects us with our Paleolithic ancestors in ways a PBS documentary never could. For a great vacation, go camping on … read more

  • 2Duluth

    Check out Duluth on the western tip of Lake Superior. Named the best outdoor adventure hub in the northern hemisphere, Duluth is the gateway to one of the most beautiful regions on earth. Right in … read more

  • 3Ely

    It’s not officially on the North Shore. Instead, it’s wilderness lakes and Finnish saunas, boreal forest and loon call contests. As avid paddlers and BWCA travelers, we think of Ely as our favorite weekend getaway. … read more

  • 4Hiking

    Minnesota’s best hiking is found on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Here’s what we’ll help you find: eight beautiful state parks with Lake Superior shoreline, views, and waterfalls; the Superior National Forest, home to … read more

  • 5Skiing

    Minnesota’s North Shore is home to some of the best cross country skiing in North America. A lucky bit of geology created the rugged Sawtooth Mountains and the world’s largest freshwater lake. To this amazing … read more

  • 6Snowshoeing

    Winter transforms the North Shore into snowshoe paradise. Winding trails in state parks and along the Superior Hiking Trail become snowy corridors through glorious woods of maple and birch — as well as open fields … read more


  • Camping the North Shore

    Camping the North Shore

    Find your perfect place in the woods as you're guided to the 23 best North Shore campgrounds, from Jay Cooke State Park to the Gunflint Trail.

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  • Skiing the North Shore

    Skiing the North Shore

    A skier’s ultimate guidebook to the North Shore, describing 35 groomed trail systems from Duluth and Superior to Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail.

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  • Hiking the North Shore

    Hiking the North Shore

    Minnesota has the greatest lake, the wildest woods, and superior trails. We'll guide you to breathtaking vistas, the best fall colors, and quintessential North Shore experiences.

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About Best North Shore

Andrew Slade - Best North Shore

Seeking unique and beautiful places, naturalist and outdoors expert Andrew Slade has scouted hundreds of miles of North Shore hiking and cross country ski trails, plus nearly two thousand campsites, for his published guidebooks. As a former BWCA canoe guide and outdoor educator, he enjoys helping people “get out there” to discover wild places.