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Maple Hill Church

gunflint mile 4.5

Picturesque and charming Maple Hill Church sits center stage surrounded by its namesake maples. Visitors appreciate the peaceful beauty of the grounds, especially during fall colors. A gathering place for over a century, the church is now home to Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church which has services Sunday mornings. Otherwise, it is pretty quiet.

The 1897 cemetery is watched over by a thick-trunked, sprawling maple. Amble the grounds. The original church was built in 1902 and served the Scandinavian settlers. East and West Maple Hill were established by mainly by Swedes and Norwegians in the late 1800s. David Caribou, his family and two other indigenous families lived in the area at the time and shared their established pathways down to Grand Marais.

Arson destroyed the church on Christmas Eve 1986. Descendants of the original settlers rebuilt on the original footprint. Tucked on the backside of the ridge rising north of Grand Marais, it is four miles inland from Lake Superior making it an easy add-on to your day, or the perfect first stop on your way up the Gunflint Trail.

Why Stop

Close to Grand Marais | Serene | Historical | Fall Colors | Photogenic

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