northern MN snowmobile trailsThe woods are calling you to load up your sled and head to the best snowmobile trails in northern Minnesota. Grand Rapids, Minnesota has a thousand miles of interconnected trails and they’ll soon be packed, groomed, and ready to ride.

Are you looking for a thrill ride through the pines and then the chance to go full throttle across a frozen lake? Looking for a beautiful trail with lots of stops along the way? Maybe you’re just introducing the kids to the sport and need the perfect place to get them started? Grand Rapids has a snowmobile trail for you.

Snowmobiling in Grand Rapids MN

Grand Rapids is located in northern Minnesota’s lakes and pine country. Towering pines stand next to quiet lake shores near the Chippewa National Forest where it’s just you and your sled. This natural world is meant to be explored no matter the season.  In the winter’s chill, a snowmobile ride can actually take you deeper into the woods than a summer hike because the area’s well-maintained trails are able to be traveled through bogs and swamps in the frozen season.

Thirteen area snowmobile clubs actively maintain a well-marked network of trails. The dedicated families and individuals of each club want you to enjoy your ride. Driftskipper and Bushwacker Trails are both accessible from Grand Rapids thru-town trails and get you out right away. The state-groomed Taconite trail can take you hundreds of miles across northern Minnesota.

Necessities for Northern MN Snowmobile Trails

There are a few things to remember before you hit the northern MN snowmobile trails. need to register your snowmobile for trail use. You can do this in person at the register of motor vehicles, the DNR License Bureau in St. Paul, or go online and use Minnesota DNR’s online licensing system.

Next, inspect your equipment, clothes and helmet, and if anything need to be updated or replaced check in with Ray’s Sport and Cycle or Pokegama Lawn and Sport, both on Highway 169. While you’re there, get a copy of the Itasca County Snowmobile Map (or simply download it from the button below) to plan your trip. Use it with the DNR’s online trail map and you’ll have your trip planned in no time.

Keep it safe on the trails and have a great ride!