barely flowing summer waterfall at split rock river
Split Rock River Cascades

Split Rock rolls and tumbles, cascading and tumbling to its mouth on Lake Superior. This hike, part of the Superior Hiking Trail, can be moderate to difficult due to elevation and length, 5 mile round trip, and trail quality. While a lovely hike all summer long, a spring hike affords falls views that are obscured once trees have leafed out. Bonus – this trail is a loop, heading up the west side of the river, crossing a bridge, and returning on the east side, with access to the sandy river mouth.

Split Rock River Bridge is CLOSED; the Superior Hiking Trail Association hopes to replace the bridge in 2020.

If you are going to hike this 5-mile loop, which offers cliff-side views of the river’s cascades, you will need to ford the river; this can be dangerous due to depth and current.

At Hwy 61 mile marker 43.8, part of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

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