Two Harbors City Trails
Lake County Demonstration Forest
The Lake County Demonstration Forest consists of 400-acres of woodland located about 8 miles out of Two Harbors. Demonstration Forest trails are available for snowshoeing, skiing, fat-biking, hiking, and mountain biking, with diverse forest variety, two rivers, and wildlife.
Hike or snowshoe the eight state parks between Two Harbors and Grand Portage!
Or in any Scientific Natural Area:
**Snowshoe rentals available at the following locations for $6 per day:
Split Rock is just 20 miles up the shore from Two Harbors and offers over 8 miles of groomed fat bike trails!
Located 8.5 miles northwest of Two Harbors, the Lake County Demonstration Forest offers four trails to suit your fat-biking preferences – three groomed and one ungroomed!
**Don’t have your own fat bike? Fat bike rentals are available at Spokengear in Two Harbors! Contact them at (218) 834-2117 or visit www.spokengear.com for information.
What are northern lights?
The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.
What causes northern lights?
When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, they cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon: light. This process creates the beautiful aurora, or northern lights.
Where to view northern lights?
See them best on cloudless skies with little light! For best viewing, head away from the city and find a spot with clear views to the north!
Looking for a relaxing stroll or bikeride with scenic lakeside views? The Sonju Trail in Two Harbors is a ‘must-do!’ This partially paved trail runs along the shore of Lake Superior for approximately one mile, between Burlington and Agate Bays. Along the trail you will find gorgeous lake views, beautiful wooded areas, picnic spots, wildlife, and spur trails to smaller beaches! Access and parking for this trail may be found at either Agate or Burlington Bays or parking is available at the RJ Houle Information Center, on Highway 61 near Burlington Bay.
This paved trail runs through the uptown area of Two Harbors, beginning at Lakeview National Golf Course. On this trail you’ll find the best of both worlds on different parts of the trail: picturesque wooded areas and quaint small-town city sights. There is no designated trailhead but parking is available at the RJ Houle Information Center on Highway 61, across from Lakeview National Golf Course.
Superior Hiking Trail
This 300+ mile trail stretches between Duluth and the Canadian Border. With trailheads every 5-10 miles and rustic campsites along the way, the Superior Hiking Trail is perfect for every type of hiker. Plan an extended trip and bring your tent or take a day trip or one of the shorter loops! Visit shta.org for maps, trail conditions and information or visit the SHTA Office and Retail Store in Two Harbors!
Gitchi-Gami State Trail
The Gitchi-Gami State Trail is a paved, non-motorized biking and walking trail along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Once completed, the trail will be 89-miles, stretching between Two Harbors and Grand Marais. There are currently various sections completed, with more in progress as funding comes available. Visit ggta.org for trail maps, virtual trail tours and anticipated schedules for future section completions.
Hike the 8 State Parks between Two Harbors and the Canadian Border!
One of the most awe-inspiring things do in Two Harbors is to watch the ore boats in Agate Bay. Many of these vessels are over 1,000 feet long and it’s amazing to witness them maneuver in and out of our small port with ease. Stood upright from end to end, the biggest ships that we see in our port would stand almost as tall as the Chrysler Building! A popular spot to watch them is from the end of the breakwall, where they come so close that it feels like you can reach out and touch them!
You may see both ‘lakers’ (ships that travel within the Great Lakes) and ‘salties’ (ocean-going vessels that hail from throughout the world) in Agate Bay loading up with iron ore, which is the primary ingredient for making steel. The ore is delivered to port by rail from mines in northern Minnesota; the vessels load up and transport the ore to steel mills, such as in Northwest Indiana, Detroit, Cleveland, and Ontario.
Find daily shipping schedules at the RJ Houle Information Center or keep tabs on anticipated arrivals and departures on harborlookout.com!
Find live vessel tracking: