All roads might lead to Rome, but all trails lead to Two Harbors. Our fair town has ended up as the gateway to the Superior Hiking Trail, a 296-mile footpath that leads from Duluth to the border of Canada. Two Harbors is a doable drive from Minneapolis (2 hours and fifty minutes), Fargo (5 hours), Ashland (2 hours), or Thunder Bay (just over 3 hours). You can drive up after work, get a good night’s rest, and start hiking in the morning (we do have delicious pancakes, if you need to fuel up for the trek).
The Superior Hiking Trail is a 296-mile trail from Duluth to Canada. According to the Superior Hiking Trail Association, “There are trailhead parking lots every 5-10 miles making it ideal for both day hikes and backpack camping. There are 92 backcountry campsites with no fees, reservations or permits required to hike or camp on the trail. Dogs are allowed on leash only.”
The trail is free to use, free to camp on, and no licenses are required. This is all possible because of hundreds of volunteers and donations. The office store in Two Harbors has a free guide with 11 great day hikes and sells pocket maps, a delightful guide to the trail complete with descriptions of the flora and fauna, and merchandise like T-shirts, books, and mugs. Plus, the workers are very knowledgeable about the trail. Here’s the office:
731 Seventh Ave, PO Box 4
Two Harbors, MN 55616
If you’d like to find out more about trail conditions or camping in advance, their website is here. Conditions in May can be a bit sloshy, so don’t forget good boots.