The north shore of Lake Superior is home to many beautiful Minnesota state parks and on April 27th, 2024, you will be able to visit these state parks for free. This special event provides the perfect opportunity to explore new destinations or revisit old favorites. Here are five state parks on the north shore that are a must-visit on the Minnesota Parks free admission day on April 27th. 

  1. Gooseberry Falls State Park

 As one of Minnesota’s most beloved state parks, Gooseberry Falls offers a diverse array of natural attractions. From cascading waterfalls and lush forests to a rugged shoreline along Lake Superior, this park has something for everyone. Enjoy hiking, walking, or a scenic bike ride along the Gitchi Gami paved bike trail. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the park’s Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and immerse yourself in the rich history of the area.

Gooseberry Falls Minnesota

2. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

For a complete north shore experience, visit Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. The iconic lighthouse, perched atop a dramatic cliff overlooking Lake Superior, is a sight to behold. Explore the surrounding land with its excellent hiking trails and enjoy picnicking in the covered pavilion. In winter, the trails are open to fat biking, offering a unique way to experience the park’s beauty.

Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior In Minnesota

3. Tettegouche State Park

Lakeside views, rushing waterfalls, and exciting hikes can be expected at Tettegouche State Park. Follow trails along the shoreline of Lake Superior, venture inland to discover serene inland lakes, or marvel at the cascading waterfalls that dot the landscape. Try hiking along the lakeside cliffs to Shovel Point for stunning views of the lake and rock climbers in action. Just a short walk from the visitor center, enjoy peaceful moments at a gravel beach where the Baptism River meets the lake. With its varied terrain and stunning scenery, Tettegouche is a paradise for outdoor adventurers.

4. George Crosby Manitou State Park

Be sure to stop at George Crosby Manitou State Park, located just a short distance from Highway 61. This secluded Minnesota park offers cascading waterfalls, scenic picnicking spots, and miles of hiking trails that wind through pristine wilderness along the Manitou River. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature in this hidden gem on the north shore.

5. Temperance River State Park

Prepare to be amazed by the rugged beauty of Temperance River State Park. Explore dramatic river gorges, cross picturesque footbridges, and check out thundering waterfalls that flow into Lake Superior. With its accessible hiking trails, camping facilities, and stunning cobblestone river mouth, Temperance River State Park is a must-visit destination.

Temperance River State Park Minnesota

Spring is an exciting time to get outdoors in Minnesota as temperatures are rising and nature is coming back to life. As you plan your north shore adventure, on free park day we invite you to book your stay at Country Inn in of Two Harbors. Located within easy reach of these incredible state parks. Our comfortable accommodations provide the perfect home base for your outdoor adventures. Whether you spend the weekend hiking, biking, or sightseeing, you’re sure to have an exciting time exploring Minnesota’s state parks.