Have you never ridden the Mesabi Trail? Or maybe there is a section or two you’re just curious about?
Now you can experience the Trail like never before by taking a virtual tour! Just go to http://www.mesabitrail.com/maps-images/virtual-tour and take a virtual bike ride of the entire Trail, starting in Grand Rapids, with our new GPS point-of-view video and story map.
Use this amazing new tool, which also features photos of trail highlights and elevation profiles, to plan your actual biking adventure on the Mesabi Trail.
The Mesabi Trail – currently offers over 120 miles of world class paved biking/hiking trail winding through the forests, cities and quaint small towns of NE Minnesota. Travel past lakes, streams and mine pits, as the Mesabi Trail takes you from Grand Rapids to Biwabik, with sections in Aurora, Tower/Soudan and Ely. Traveling the Trail gives cyclists a unique firsthand look at the beauty, culture and heritage of the region. When completed the Mesabi Trail will stretch over 145 miles from the Mississippi River to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A true northland treasure, the Mesabi Trail has become a destination for cyclists from around the world.
New Construction – over 10 miles of new construction is planned for the summer of 2016 as the Trail continues on towards Ely. New Trail is schedule to be built between McKinley & Biwabik, between Tower/Soudan and the new Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, and one more section near Bear Head State Park. Plan for a detour between Mountain Iron and Eveleth due to construction of the new $200 million bridge in Virginia. But…when the tallest bridge in Minnesota is completed in 2017, the Mesabi Trail will be on the bridge!
Annual Bike Tour – don’t miss out on the 12th annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour on Saturday, August 6th. Ride for the fun or ride for the challenge, either way your tour entry includes your choice of four different cycling routes (12 to 67 miles), transportation for you and your bike, food & music at rest stops along the way, a picnic dinner and music at the finish line in Grand Rapids, and a tour t-shirt for every rider. The tour is fully supported with course marshals directing your way, bike repair and first aid. To register go to http://www.mesabitrail.com/trail-activities/tour/ or call 218-749-4331. The tour is a fund raiser for the Mesabi Trail and Ampers – Diverse radio for Minnesota’s communities.
Don’t miss your chance to experience the Mesabi Trail this summer like never before!
To get visitor information for communities along the trail check out: