Winter is a quickly receding memory, and Spring and Summer are coming now! It’s time to think about your vacation to Grand Rapids, MN. If you’re a bicycling enthusiast, or just a person longing for a little more time to ride your bike in a new and beautiful place, read on.
Grand Rapids links you to the Mesabi Trail, a fantastic opportunity to explore northern Minnesota on a spectacular bike path. Whether you’re visiting for a day trip, or staying in town, the multi-faceted Mesabi Trail is easily accessible from Grand Rapids. If you’re ambitious, you could potentially bicycle all the way from Grand Rapids to Virginia, MN! Check out this interactive map of the Mesabi Trail to see access points and trail amenities.
History, Wilderness, and Beauty
This 120 mile trail will eventually span 145 miles, and will continuously run all the way from Grand Rapids to Ely. The beautiful Mesabi Trail will give you a number of varied experiences on your ride. You’ll get a glimpse of the deep mining history as you pedal across old railroad beds and mining roads of our region as well as the present daily beauty of the unique northern Minnesota wilderness.
You’ll bike through towns, each with its own personality and offerings, and by old mine pits that have been filled with aqua blue water. You can have your choice of hilly or flatter terrain. And there are plenty of places to jump on the trail if you don’t want to originate in Grand Rapids.
You Can Hike, Too!
Foot traffic is welcome on the Mesabi Trail. Maybe you’re more of a walker or runner. See the trail and experience the scenery at your own pace. Pack a picnic lunch, whether you’re on foot or on bikes with your family, and pull off on some pretty, peaceful spot and savor your time in the north woods.
If you’re riding, it’s a good idea to wear a helmet, as you’ll be sharing the trail with other bikers and people on foot. Check out this link for info on cycling safely.
Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass
If you plan to bicycle on the Mesabi trail, you will need an inexpensive wheel pass. These are available through self service at trail access points; area vendors also sell wheel passes. To access the trail at Grand Rapids, jump on at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. Direct trail access and parking are at the north side of the fairgrounds.
Ready to ride? What are you waiting for? The Mesabi Trail in Grand Rapids, MN is calling you!