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Top Fall Beaches on the North Shore

Lake Superior will never be a beach getaway destination for tourists hoping to swim and sunbathe, but that’s perfectly fine here on the beautiful North Shore MN. We prefer our beaches to be rocky, colorful, and peaceful. Superior Shores Resort proudly rests on the rocky banks of the vast Lake Superior, which covers 82,100 square miles! Our guests are always steps from a sandy stroll overlooking Flood or Burlington Bay. Autumn beautifully paints the coastal hillside a splendid mixture of amber, marigold, crimson, and kelly green, which successfully allures leaf peepers, nature photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts to our colorful slice of North Shore MN paradise! Whether you’re aiming to hunt for agates, snap award-winning photos, or simply bask in the brilliant fall glow, don’t skip these four beaches.

Ellingson Island – Split Rock Lighthouse

north shore mnEllingson Island, located inside Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, is the natural place to start because it’s home to Minnesota’s most stunning fall beach! Many know this crescent bay area as “Pebble Beach.” This gorgeous beach and island combination has breathtaking Lake Superior and Split Rock Lighthouse views from dozens of angles. Walk out to Ellingson Island via the skinny inlet (which is often underwater during the summer months), and loop around this natural marvel before exploring the northern end of the rocky beach.

Black “Onyx” Beach – Silver Bay

Black Beach, much like Ellingson Island, has a giant island separated by a skinny inlet. The island at Black Beach is quite steep – don’t attempt to climb unless you have the proper gear! This park is aptly named after the soft, black sand on the shore. After exploring the island’s base and the unique beach, share a picnic before heading to your next destination.

Sugarloaf Cove – Schroeder

Sugarloaf Cove is yet another North Shore MN hidden gem south of Schroeder and Taconite Harbor, a mid-20th-century mining community that quickly became a genuine ghost town. Pull over on Highway 61 at these coordinates and embark on a short hike along Two Island River to discover an eerie abandoned railroad and a rushing waterfall! Sugarloaf Cove has a beautiful cobblestone beach that was masterfully sculpted by lava flow. Explore every crevice of the rocky beach and secluded inlet where logging tugboats used to dock before voyages to Ashland, Wisconsin. The North Shore Stewardship Association has meticulously preserved this once barren land.

Flood Bay / Burlington Bay

Superior Shores is one of the only resorts on the North Shore to have private beaches within walking distance! Guests can host a campfire on the beach, kayak through the calm lake water, and agate hunt on our tranquil pebble beaches. Take advantage of our fall specials by visiting our website or dialing 1-800-242-1988. Book an autumn escape to scenic Two Harbors before the coziest season of the year passes you by without batting an eye!

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