Superior Hiking Trail731 7th Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616-0004
The Superior Hiking Trail Association Trail Information Center and office is located at 731 Seventh Ave., Suite 2, Two Harbors, MN 55616. Look for signs on Highway 61 as you pass through Two Harbors -- you can't miss it!Get Directions
The Superior Hiking Trail is a 300+ mile footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior from the Wisconsin-Minnesota border to the Canadian border. The Trail is built, maintained, and managed by the Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA), a private nonprofit organization based in Two Harbors, MN.
The Trail can be accessed from over 50 trailheads, including many inside state parks along the North Shore, in the city of Duluth, and along Hwy 61 from west of Two Harbors to north of Grand Marais. The rugged, challenging footpath is great for day hikes, backpacking and thru-hike trips, and trail running. Trail users will enjoy scenic overlooks, waterfalls, boreal forests and wildlife. Along the Trail, you'll find 94 free, shared backcountry campsites spaced every 5-8 miles that are maintained by the SHTA. (Note: there are no SHTA campsites inside the city of Duluth. Several fee campgrounds are located near the Trail in Duluth.)
For more information or to support the Trail, visit SHTA's website, superiorhiking.org, or stop by the Trail Information Center in Two Harbors. (Open April-October, M, TH, F: 10am-4:30pm).
Day Hikes and Trail Running: Numerous loops and out-and-back routes can be enjoyed from over 50 trailheads. Private shuttle services are also available throughout much the year.
Long Distance Hikes: 94 shared backcountry campsites can be enjoyed along the Trail (every 5-8 miles outside of Duluth), water accessible at most spots but must be filtered. No reservations, fees, or permits required -- all campsites must be shared.
Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA): The SHTA Trail Information Center and office is located at 731 7th Avenue, Suite 2 in Two Harbors. Trail maps, the "Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail" book, trail information, and merchandise that supports the Trail are available. Join the Association or donate to support the Trail at: superiorhiking.org/donate
Questions: Visit the SHTA website, superiorhiking.org, or call the office at (218) 834-2700.
Hours & Dates
Information Center Hours (April 15 - October 15)
- Monday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
- Tuesday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
- Wednesday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
- Thursday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
- Friday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
- Saturday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
- Sunday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
The SHTA Office operates year-round, but is not open to the public.
No fees or permits are required to hike on the trail or to use the shared backcountry campsites. Minnesota State Park passes are required to park at most state parks. Check the "Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail" for information on overnight parking.
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 106 reviews
We backpacked from Kadunce Wayside to Otter Lake parking area, the extreme northern end. We were really disappointed in the poorly maintained and swampy trail conditions. There was little in the way...
— Cynthia M, August 16, 2019
As great as Appalachian or pacific trail. Vistas amazing naturally air conditioned lots of camp sites. Bring your bug spray and rain gear. Several loops for day hikes or side trips
— MikeJennyQ, July 19, 2019
I skipped the first section and started outside the city and outside the park area because they said that there’s no camping in that area. But I’m unsure if that is fact. I’m using this trail to get...
— JCru123, June 12, 2019
SHT is an awesome trail from beginning to end. Pick any section and you will not be disappointed. Visit the office in Two Harbors or any of the state parks along the shore. Choose a section along one...
— Julie H, May 10, 2019
There are ample trailheads for this well maintained trail so it is easy to do segments as day hikes. There are great views, especially in late September when the colors change. None of the segments...
— Patricia B, December 10, 2018