With the construction of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, as well as wide shoulders on portions of Highway 61 and paved state and county roads, the North Shore of Lake Superior is becoming a premier bicycling destination. The trail is also popular with walkers, joggers and skaters. There is no fee or trail pass required to use the trail, although parking in the state parks does require a daily or annual pass.
Known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife, Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore.
The original LS&M built the first railroad into Duluth in the 1870's. The current LS&M reserves 5.2 miles of the this original railroad right-of-way into Duluth. The LS&M operates vintage railroad equipment to let the passenger experience rail transportation as it was in the early to middle 19th century. The LS&M is committed to providing the public with a historical and educational railroad experience.
History comes alive on the Lakefront line of the North Shore Scenic Railroad! During our summer and autumn season several trains a day depart the historic Duluth Union Depot for a trip through downtown Duluth, Canal Park, along the shore of Lake Superior and deep into the majestic north woods. Fully narrated tours tell the history of Duluth, the harbor, and the stories of the railroads that built northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The trail is routed principally along the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior. The SHT is 326 miles if each section is hiked separately. The Trail is characterized by ascents to rock outcroppings and cliffs, and descents into numerous river and creek valleys. Most rivers and streams are crossed by bridges. Overlooks of Lake Superior, the Sawtooth Mountains and inland woodlands, lakes and rivers are abundant. The Trail follows rivers and creeks, often for distances of a mile or more, showcasing waterfalls and rapids, bends and deep gorges where thousands of years of rushing water has cut into layers of ancient volcanic rock.
The Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce is comprised of members in the Duluth, Knife River, Two Harbors, Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Finland, Isabella and Grand Marais communities in Northeastern Minnesota.