Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota
Hugging the ridgeline above Lake Superior’s western shore, the 277-mile Superior Hiking Trail runs from Duluth, Minnesota to Ontario, Canada. It’s the Midwest’s long-hike version of the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail, but with scenic views of Lake Superior (the biggest lake in the world) and single-track winding up the spine of the Sawtooth Mountain range, it feels even more raw and untraveled. For a moderate/difficult 4.4 mile section of the Superior Hiking Trail, head to Split Rock State Park on highway 61, about 15 miles north of Two Harbors, Minnesota. Pick up the trailhead on the east side of the park’s parking lot. Be sure to take caution on the trail’s washouts and steeper grades as you hike along cliff-edge for views of Split Rock Lighthouse.