A black beach – NOT Hawaii, it’s Minnesota

I think we’ve all heard of Hawaii’s Big Black Beach, it’s one of those things that people come back from vacationing there and say “You gotta see this”! And I always asked myself the question.

And now I hear about this black beach right here in Minnesota! And now, it’s no longer a flight, it’s a trip to the North Shore along Lake Superior! To be exact, it is located in Silver Bay, Minnesota. And it is a very scenic road. It’s along the North Shore as you pass through Two Harbors, Castle Danger, and Gooseberry Falls State Park. You can even make a stop at the Split Rock Lighthouse. Then continue north to Silver Bay. Magnificent driving.

This is something that has only recently been opened to the public. It was something that only the local knew about and would even be blocked from the public. But now it’s open for everyone to enjoy.

If you love photography and want great photos that are absolutely worth a frame or more, this is the place. The explorationvacation.net website describes the area like this-

The beach is a delight, with three dark crescents of black sand, crystal clear coves, some driftwood, and a large jumble of lichen encrusted rocks, all backed by densely forested hills or the lake itself. In short, a paradise for photographers!

I wish I had had more attention in the photography class.

If you are planning on heading to Black Beach, also known as Onyx Beach, the perfect time to do so would be in the fall, when you can take in all the vibrant colors as well. The beach is located across the industrial park. Best accessed by Northshore Mining, and there is apparently a sign that describes where you need to go.

There are also a few places to stay if you want to make it a weekend. There are a few hotels right in Silver Bay, or you can stay in one of the many lodges located near Duluth (an hour’s drive). Or maybe check out VRBO or an AirBnB. You really can’t go wrong. Perfect spot for that holiday card with a quaint background.

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