My friend and I went camping here from October 19th-21st (which happened to be during an unseasonable cold snap- I'm talking 20 degrees at night with a bit of snow, but that's neither here nor there). The first night we lucked out and though it was cold, there was virtually no wind.
We chose one of the campsites nearest to the parking lot since we had a lot of cold weather gear to lug and my friend was new to camping. Even though it was close to the lot and there weren't really leaves on the trees anymore to offer privacy, the park was quiet and we only heard people when they would walk directly past our campsite.
The proximity to Lake Superior and the view was absolutely gorgeous. We gasped when we got to the site because it was so beautiful! In combination with how quiet it was, it really made for a worthwhile stay.
The tent pad was flat and covered with woodchips. Tent pad was elevated, with a wooden bench built in. The site was cart-in, which made loading in and out a breeze. Going uphill to the parking lot was a bit of a pain, but it was a short enough distance that it was just fine. There was a sizeable metal bear box for food. The vault toilet was a short jaunt up the hill and had plenty of toilet paper in stock.
Because it was off-season, the campground building with flush toilets/showers was closed, and there was no running water for the campground. (During the regular season, water is close by at the parking lot.) There was water available on the side of the Trail Center Picnic Shelter.
I am looking forward to returning to camp here in a bit warmer weather!
We stayed in site #7 the first weekend of October - perfect timing for the leaves! The site is private and isn't visible from the main paths and parking lots and you can't see into any other campsites. Occasionally the sound from the parking lot (especially people slamming the lid on the dumpster) would travel into the campsite, but overall it was very quiet. The site is up on a small bluff overlooking the parking lot, but you'd really need to get close to the edge to see the cars. The view was great (first 3 pictures below), and the stars were beautiful at night! The path to the site is definitely uphill and has some rocks, and the carts are heavy, so keep that in mind when you're packing. We also looked at site #8 when it was empty (fourth picture below) and it has a panoramic view and was a really nice site, too. The sites closest to the showers (#5, #11) were pretty exposed to the path. You can hear some of the road traffic on hwy 61, but it'd be hard to avoid in most sites and got much quieter at night. We could still hear the lake at night, which was great! I feel really lucky to have grabbed this site and can't wait to camp here again!
Always our favorite. October 7-9. Trails are groomed and you can take the Gitchi-Gimi to get there also. It has a pit toilet with a privacy barrier, bear box, Fire pit with grate, tent pad, and half picnic table. It is beach front as well. The water is so fresh and clean. High 60s during the day and low 40s to mid 30s at night. The lake keeps this area warmer later than inland. You can hear highway traffic but the view is stunning. The site drops down from the trail but is visible. This site is pretty open to the elements, but you can see the site. We always bring a tarp for the rain and sun. The main office has wood for sale, but it’s too far to hike it in. Great for cart in sites. The main bathrooms are closed this time of year, but they have showers. There is a trail bathroom that is open year round at the beginning of the SplitRock campground parking. In the winter, you will want to use the Pebbles Beach Parking lot because they do not plow the campground parking if it snows.
Minnesota state parks are very clean. Friendly staff. Amazing views.
I’ve stayed at Site 1 twice in the winter. We did manage to hike in on a blizzard night in November of 2019, but the park office made sure we were ok. The park office has limited hours so be prepared with firewood ahead of time. They do not plow the campground parking lot in the winter, but they do plow down to the pebble beach lot. You can snowshoe, hike, or toboggan in. The back trail off Of pebble beach parking is groomed and has views of the light house and nature center. There is a dumpster and a bathroom that is open. There is another bathroom off of the campground parking lot that I was able to use, but you will need to have snow shoes. Camping at site 1 in the winter is amazing. Perfect views of the lake and lighthouse. The site is protected from the lake by a large hill that has a bench at the top. The site has a picnic table, bear box, and grate. During the summer, the site would have a lot of noise from the parking lot and hiking traffic. In the winter, there are a lot of photographers. There are coyotes in the winter.
Backpack site 3 is worth the hike. I have camped here at least 10 times ranging in all times of the year. The lake effects the weather a lot, so be prepared. In the summer there are a lot of bugs, in spring, fall, and winter beware of the winds off the lake. There are many ways to get there. You can take the side road paved trail if you are a beginner but park trails are groomed and the stairs are maintained. The hiking views are beautiful and it is a very moderate hike. The site is off off the trail, but it is also on a private bay. The site entrance drops down to the site. There is a fair amount of tree coverage. There are a few trees between the site and the beach. The beach has large rocks but is relatively flat for water access, but bring a water filter. There is not a supply for a drinking water, but this site does have a partially sheltered latrine. It has a partial picnic table and a fire pit with grate. The tent pad is relatively flat and groomed with wood chips. The views are spectacular. You are right of hwy 61. Anticipate traffic noise though about 10pm. You are allowed to collect dead and down wood from these sites and trails.
Clearly marked hikes, beautiful views of the lake, the campground is cozy, but not too crowded. Bathroom house is a plus. Great picnic areas and fishing dock.
Site 20 is the furthest from the parking lot, just under a mile with a decent hill on the way. Worth it for the privacy though. The stone steps prevent the cart from getting all the way into the main area. The site is on the top of a peninsula with steep drop down to Superior. The picture I included with the best view of the water is just about 30 feet along the ridge, on a private path separate from the actual trail. The site has two tent beds, one on a lower level.
Site #11 was too close to the main hiking path, but did have a true lake view.
Site #4 is very close to the showers and parking lot. It has a bench with a direct view of the lighthouse that is very nice.
Overall you can't go wrong at Split Rock. Make sure to hike to Corundum Point, and take the extra little path off to the left for a 180 degree view of the lake.
A perfect campsite: private, stellar views, close to modern restrooms, a short cart-in from the car. It was truly perfect (although unseasonably warm and incredibly stormy)
This was our last stop after a 7 day camping trip. I'm glad we end here; it was quiet and peaceful. There are plenty of trees to cool things down and the lake is in sight of all parts of the campground. Trees for hammocks and fire pit for s'mores. We enjoyed a hike around the small park to see the dam and wildflowers.
Site 29 was perfect - surrounded by trees and the last in the row.
TIP: do not stay near the bathroom. We didn't end up here but walking to the bathrooms at night makes it clear how bright the lights are. It would be annoying being close by.