Day Hill Hiking Trail

Located within the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, the Day Hill Hiking Trail is a short, but steep hike that ends with amazing views of the surrounding area. It is one of the many trails located within this state park, but is often referred to as the best as it’s easy enough for intermediate hikers, but not too easy for those who enjoy something challenging. Once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with not only the amazing views but also with an interesting piece of history.

The Day Hill Hiking trail itself spurs from the parking lot and takes you behind one of the cart-in campgrounds as you make your way along the trail. The hike is around 1.4 miles and involves a couple of steep patches of trail. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled along the way for scenic overlooks and views of surrounding valleys.

Once you’ve reached the top, take a moment to take in the beauty of what is before your eyes. Not only will you see outstanding views of Lake Superior, you will also notice a large chimney from an unfinished house. There is plenty of history behind it—but that is for you to find out on your own once you conquer the climb. Be sure to pack water and a snack and wear the proper footwear and gear!

Getting There

To get to the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, follow Highway 61 up the North Shore and look for signs reading “Split Rock Lighthouse”. View the park map here.