The Black Beach is also known as Onyx Beach and is located right around Silver Bay. It is a park so there are bathrooms and garbage cans, but very limited parking.

I wrote an article mentioning the Black Beach and how tourists went up there and rated it very highly. In my original post, people talked about how black the sand was but that it was not the only thing making this beach great.

When you walk down the hill trail you come out right on the beach and see the black sand for yourself. It has two different looks on each side and if you look out on Lake Superior, it looks like there is an island out from the shore. I was there on a Wednesday and it was busy.

Black Beach (Onyx Beach)
Chris Allen

exploration vacation says the black sand got that way because of the taconite shipping close by. The Black Beach or Onyx Beach is a unique, one of a kind beach in the state of Minnesota. When I was there I saw license plates from surrounding states, Canada, and even some southern states. It's a small secret, but if you saw all the people I saw there, it's not much of a secret anymore.


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The beach sand is black and is also very soft under your feet.  It is located in a small cove that people like to swim in, but don't stay in the water long. As you know, Lake Superior can chill larget portions of meat or save you from buying a cooler for your drinks. Some step in and arent' used to the numbing feeling from the water.

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At the Southernmost end of the beach, there is a large rock formation and many people are challenged to climb it. This is a place for everyone. There are hiking trails, rocks to jump in the water, or you can just lay in the sand on a towel and get some sun.

The Black Beach