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The trails at Outer Island provide nearly nine miles of island hiking.

Sandspit Trail explores 7 miles from the Outer Island Light Station at the north end of the island to the spectacular beaches of the sand spit at the island's southern tip. Part of the trail follows the route of an historic logging railroad. Beaver impoundments frequently flood portions of the trail.

The Lullaby Trail runs 1.7 miles connecting the lighthouse with the historic Lullabye Lumber Company camp on the east side of the island.

The Outer Island Light Station was built in 1874 on a red clay bluff 40 feet above Lake Superior. The lighthouse tower stands 90 feet high. It is constructed of whitewashed brick and contains a cast iron spiral staircase leading to a watchroom. The watchroom is encircled by an outside walkway and topped by the lantern. The hooded arched windows and the decorated brackets supporting the watchroom walkway reflect the influence of the Italianate architectural style popular in the 1860s and 70s.

Directions: From Bayfield, WI, Excursion boats and private watercraft provide access to Apostle Islands. Apostle Islands Cruise Service, 1-800-323-7619.

Distance: 8.7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

 
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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin


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