The North Shore possesses some of the most magnificent hiking, anywhere. The views, the variety, the differing levels of technical demand--the sheer volume of hiking opportunities--all make hiking on the North Shore a favorite way to experience it for enthusiasts of any age. Amble up a river bank. Admire cascades and waterfalls. Spy on a variety of wildlife. Hike for days. Or minutes. The 256-mile Superior Hiking Trail [SHT] has it all. Each of the eight North Shore state parks have excellent trail systems, including many loops of varying distances.
Biking is fantastic on the varying types of North Shore bike trails; the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail [GGST], backwoods dirt roads, Pincushion Trails and winter fat bike trails. The Gitchi Gami Trail currently has a several sections complete, the longest section being Gooseberry Falls State Park to Beaver Bay. Forest Roads are another favorite. Or head to Pincushion Mountain, just north of Grand Marais, and traverse the network of trails.Perhaps the most popular Bucket List options is purchasing a Superior National Forest map, plan a route and ride. Didn't bring your bike? Breezy Point offers free bike rentals.
The most classic way of experiencing the North Shore is from the vantage of Lake Superior itself. Put in at Knife River, just two miles south of Breezy Point Cabins, and head north, hugging the shoreline. Get the loon's eye view of the precambrian ledge rock, dramatic cliffs and pristine water. As awe inspiring and humbling as any white water experience, in an entirely different way.
Snowshoe the hiking trails. Venture into the brilliantly beautiful winter wonderland that is the North Shore of Lake Superior. Prepare to be dazzled. Track hares, shrews, wolves, deer, ermine, snowy owls, red-tailed hawks. Observe the winter silence. Savor your presence in this blessed setting. Don't have your own snow shoes? Breezy Point offers free snowshoe rentals.
The North Shore is a cross-country skier’s nirvana. Hundreds of kilometers of cross-country skiing trails traverse hillsides, lakeshores, river valley ridges, pine plantations, deciduous forests, and alongside beaver dams. Options are unlimited. You can choose trails based on length, terrain, technical demand. Most trails accommodate classic and skate Skiers. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required on all trails unless otherwise noted. Daily, annual, and three-year passes are offered. A daily pass currently costs $6, annual passes are $20 and 3-year passes are $55 and are required for everyone 16 and older. You can purchase passes at trail centers and businesses, by mail or online.
From Gooseberry to Grand Portage, the eight State Parks are quintessential North Shore. The parks encompass some of the the most striking natural resources anywhere. Stop at as many State Parks as you can. It is the most delightful, and easiest way to explore the shore.
Find the highest Minnesota waterfalls on the North Shore! The 100-foot High Falls at Grand Portage State Park is the highest. It is located on the Pigeon River, part of the international boundary with Canada. The highest falls entirely within Minnesota is the 70-foot High Falls of the Baptism River and is part of Tettegouche State Park.
Along the southwest half of the North Shore streams tend to be showy. With no headwaters, the rivers swell and pound during spring run-off and heavy rains and run low during dry times. Rivers without headwaters can discharge up to four times as much water as those with headwaters. From the Manitou River northeast, the rivers have headwaters and thus, a more stable flow. Both are beautiful.
Bonfires & S'mores
Free s'more making kits are available at all Odyssey Resorts, and Breezy Point Cabins is no different. With a private fire pit next to each cabin, you don't have to go far to experience one of our favorite traditions.