Starting north of Duluth, the 200 mile Superior Hiking Trail runs through pine forest and past cascading waterfalls on the crest of the Sawtooth Mountains. Along the way, it winds through seven state parks to the Canada border.
The best short section is an 11 mile stretch from Silver Bay to Tettegouche State Park, which offers scenic vistas of the lake and dense forests. The trailheads signs are clear in Silver Bay.
For a nice longer section, try the 20 mile stretch from Edge Lake to Caribou Falls (west to east). Start at the Finland Recreation Center. End at the Caribou River State Wayside. Camp at Sonju Lake or Horseshoe Ridge.
For a classic four to five-day hike, start at Crosby-Manitou State Park, roughly midway along the trail, and wind up 80 miles later at the lakeside artist colony of Grand Marais. Designated campsites are spaced every five miles or so. To reach the trailhead from Duluth, head north on SR 61 for 26 miles to Two Harbors. Crosby-Manitou State Park lies another 31 miles north; take a left on Lake County Road 7 to the trailhead.
For shuttle service, call Superior Shuttle (218) 834-5511.
Overall, Superior Hiking Trail - Central is the 27th most popular hiking trail of all 31 hikes in Minnesota.