You could hike for days and not get sick of the trails in Duluth. Along Lake Superior’s tributaries and through it’s rocky, wooded hills, Duluth has some of the best hiking in the region with some of the best views! One of the most popular destinations is the Lake Superior Hiking Trail, a 277-mile footpath that follows Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian border. With trailheads every 5-10 miles, the trail is extremely accessible and can be experienced in small chunks or over the course of a multi-day backpacking trip… take your pick, but be sure to take the trek! For an extremely in-depth look at the Lake Superior Hiking Trail, visit the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s page.
The Lake Superior Hiking Trail meanders along Lake Superior’s ridgeline up the North Shore. In Duluth, the trail can be accessed from the following locations:
“The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier hiking and backpacking trail that travels for more than 4,000 miles through seven northern states from Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota to Crown Point, New York. The North Country trail is one of only eight National Scenic Trails in the United States and is also one of 42 designated Wisconsin State Trails.
n Wisconsin the North Country Trail clips the northwest corner of the state for 200 miles, passing through Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties. The North Country Trail route crosses Wisconsin’s western border at Minnesota’s Jay Cooke State Park, and the trail crosses into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from Hurley to Ironwood via the U.S. Highway 2 bridge across the Montreal River.
Although Wisconsin has the shortest trail distance among the seven states the trail passes through, Wisconsin is responsible for providing the name to the North Country Trail. The original 60-mile Northern Country Trail in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest lent its name to the 4,000-mile National Scenic Trail when the idea of the multi-state trail was first envisioned.
The seven states the North Country National Scenic Trail now travels through are North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.” -WI DNR
The Border Route Trail stretches 65 miles through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). It follows the Canadian/United States border along ridge lines and high cliffs, providing travelers with breathtaking views… especially in the Fall when colors are changing! The trail is free to hike if you are traveling outside of the BWCAW (East of McFarland Lake and West of Crab Lake), otherwise you will need to obtain a permit that costs $12 and can be purchased online here. Campsites are available along the trail; most are shared with canoeists within the BWCAW and are located near water, one of the exceptions is Pine Ridge, which is located between Pine and East Pike Lake. For more information on the Border Rout Hiking Trail, head to its main webpage.