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Two Harbors, Minnesota: Travel, Hiking & Waterfalls along the Lake Superior Circle Tour

Two Harbors, Mn is considered by many to be the gateway to the Minnesota's North Shore. While much of the traffic through town is headed to points north, it is has much to offer as a worthwhile destination and an extended day visit for things to do and see.

Two Harbors Summer Events. In July the community hosts "Heritage Days" and a highlight of August is the annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival.

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Agate Bay, Two Harbors, Minnesota

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superior hiking trail store

For Jo & I, a typical first stop coming into town is the Superior Hiking Trail office and store to pick up some hiking maps and check out "what's new" in terms of books, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and gift items.

Our usual second stop is across the street (hwy 61) at the Vanilla Bean Bakery & Cafe for baked goods & coffee if we are heading down the road; breakfast or dinner if we are staying around Two Harbors for a while.


Another popular breakfast or lunch stop is 2 miles northeast of town at Betty's Pies.

Agate Bay, Sonju Lakewalk & Lighthouse

sonju hiking trail

The Sonju Lakewalk is an easy hike, with some more rugged side trails for the more adventuresome, the Sonju trail provides fresh air, exercise, and some scenic views along the lakeshore.

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sonju hiking trail

  Snowshoe hiking the Sonju Lakewalk Trail.

Agate Bay

The Ore Docks are still operational allowing you to see, up close, some big ships docking and unloading.

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The Tugboat Edna G was retired in 1981 to service as a floating museum. Next to Edna is the Grandpa Woo excursion boat operating out of Two Harbors and other north shore ports.

two harbors lighthouse

two harbors lighthouse

The Two Harbors lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now in private hands, tours are available.

two harbors lighthouse

Also on the lighthouse grounds is the assistant Light Keeper's house and the restored pilot house from the iron ore freighter Frontenac.


Burlington Bay Camping & Rock Picking

Burlington Bay Campground, Two Harbors, MN
The Burlington Bay Municpal Campground is located along the lakeshore with over 100 campsites, all with electric service and some with sewer hookups. Burlington Bay Rock Picking Beach

Sparky Stensaas' rock pickers guide
says the Burlington Bay beach is a good spot to hunt for Lake Superior agates.

Burlington Bay Campground, Two Harbors, MN

But one end of the beach is relatively sandy and good for sunbathing and swimming.

2 miles NE of Two Harbors, the Flood Bay State Wayside is a scenic spot for a picnic or rest stop. Its beach is another worthwhile stop for rock hounds.

Lakeview National Golf Course, Two Harbors, MN

Two Harbor's Lakeview National Golf Course
, a scenic and challenging 18 hole course is located on the eastern edge of town across from the Burlington Bay Campground.

  Winter Recreation Page: Two Harbors to Beaver Bay

See Two Harbors Winter Events & Activities
plus scenes from the Sonju Two Harbors Lakewalk - Reinhold Development - 2014

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Bayfield Lake Superior Ice Caves
See the Fantastic Bayfield Lake Superior Ice Caves

John Beargrease Race
John Beargrease Sled Dog Race
January 23 - 29, 2015

X-Country Skiing the North Shore

Skiing the North Shore
A Guide to Cross Country Trails in Minnesota's Spectacular Lake Superior Region. By Andrew Slade, a Duluth resident who has hiked, skied and camped extensively along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior. His guide book offers detailed profiles of 35 x-country ski trail systems along the North Shore.


Superior Hiking Trail from Lutsen to Grand Marais
Fall Color along the
Superior Hiking Trail
from Lutsen to Grand Marais

The Bentleyville Lift Bridge and Tree
Bentleyville Tour of Lights Christmas Village
Duluth, Minnesota

lake superior circle tour map
Lake Superior Circle Tour Road Map & Guide to Travel Attractions around Lake Superior

Sonju Hiking Trail in Winter
North Shore
Snowshoe & Ski Trails

skiing and snowshoeing in the porcupine mountains
See our Snow Conditions Report page for latest info on skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and winter event conditions.

Minnesota North Shore CampgroundsSuperior Trails Guide to North Shore State Park Camping and Campgrounds

Lake Superior Circle Tour Travel Planner

About the Superior Hiking Trail

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