Five Northland spots to visit this Spring

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While it doesn’t look like Spring outside, we’re hoping for the best weather to explore. Sarah Glensner, known as @Sarah_UpNorth on Instagram, shares 5 places for Northlanders to visit this Spring, including both free and options that require a park pass.

Sarah tells us, “I focus mostly on Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin but also throughout the Midwest.” Here’s her picks:

  1. Chambers Grove Park– “I would recommend starting off with a local park, Chambers Grove. When it finally becomes Spring, you can visit when the pelicans migrate.” There’s hike, bike, and paved trails in this location.
  2. Jay Cooke State Park- This is the closet state park to Duluth. “This requires a park pass or day pass. That place is notorious for the beautiful swinging bridge. That’s a great place to visit even when it’s snowy outside because you can see the water at its height.”
  3. Split Rock Lighthouse– “If people are looking to go out of town and hit up a popular spot, I would hit Split Rock State Park early. Book a historic tour on their website before the summer crowd.”
  4. Banning State Park– “This is about an hour away from Duluth, and it’s a historic Sandstone quarry. And a beautiful Kettle River visiting sight.”
  5. Cornucopia, WI/ The Lost Falls- “We know right now that travel can be difficult around the south shore. But now’s a great time to visit a town called Cornucopia. There’s amazing trails there known as The Lost Falls.” Sarah recommends checking trail conditions before you go hiking.