Portion of Superior Hiking Trail Closing by Private Landowner

Landowner Kicks Hikers Due to Ongoing Conflicts

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A landowner along the Superior Hiking Trail is kicking hikers off the land due to multiple ongoing conflicts.

Randy Bowe, Duluth taxidermist, owns 380 acres of land between Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks. 

He bought the property in the mid 1980s but says as the trail has grown so have problems with hikers.

Bowe says there’s been too many campfires left by hikers, unauthorized camping and littering. 

He says he is tired of the dispute between landowners and and hikers.

“It’s another case of a few bad ones spoiling it for everybody and I’m not looking for a cause.  I hope people learn to respect the private land owners and hopefully it doesn’t happen anywhere else.  But, unfortunately it happened where I’m at,” Bowe said. 

Bowe will no longer allow hikers through his property starting May 1st.

This is the first time a private property owner has kicked out hikers since construction of the trail began nearly 30 years ago.

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