Grand Rapids is the destination that has something for everyone. You will find over 1,000 area lakes, over 1 million acres of public accessible forest land, and over 2,000 miles of trails. Grand Rapids also has unique shopping, dining, art/culture and history. There are many interesting area attractions as well as the oldest scenic byway in the state of Minnesota. Come together and make memories in Minnesota’s nature this summer.
Outdoor Recreation Memories
Looking for some fresh summer air and a weekend getaway for your family and friends? Then Grand Rapids is your place! Grand Rapids is known for their trails, lakes, scenic byways, and of course the Mississippi River that runs right through the town. Make memories together in Minnesota’s nature. The many different recreation opportunities are something everyone can do to reconnect together and leave the every day stresses behind.
From thousands of miles of groomed trails to bike, ATV or hike. For bicycling head to the Mesabi Trail which is a 60 mile paved biking and hiking path that runs from the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids to Virginia Laurentian Divide. The Mesabi Trail Shuttle Services if you don’t want to ride the entire 60 miles or you want to start or stop further than where you are lodging. Over 1 million accessible public forest land to camp, hike, bike and ATV. For a hike in the forest head north to the Lost Forty which is located in the Chippewa National Forest. Some of the states oldest pines that are over 200 years old, some of them can reach diameters of over 100″. This is a nice day ride north of Grand Rapids on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway -the oldest byway in the state of Minnesota. While you are on they byway check out the cultural and historic landmarks along the way, and you will want to plan a stop at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center for their free Naturalist Programs Thursday through Saturday (June-August). You will find many lake overlooks, shops, gas stations and restaurants along the route.
Over 1,000 area lakes to swim, boat, kayak, stand up paddle board, or just to relax by. If you do not have your own equipment check out Paddle Hoppers. Located on the Mississippi River they offer paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, paddles and life jackets to rent. You can paddle right outside of their location or if you prefer you can rent for 1/2 day to full day and take them back to where you are staying to paddle on o the 1,000 area lakes.
In Grand Rapids you will find lots of lodging options to make memories in this summer. There are Grand Rapids Hotels and Motels that are close and convenient in town to area shopping, dining and attractions; with lots of different on site amenities. There is one Grand Rapids B&B that is located in town on Pokegama Lake that is quaint and charming for a smaller group. There are Grand Rapids Resorts that range from classic style cabins to full service amenities. Some of these properties have Grand Rapids Lake Homes for rent as well. Grand Rapids has camping options available. Some Grand Rapids Resorts offer camping sites at their location.
Come together this summer in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Special memories will be made at the lake, along the trails, or by the fire while enjoying s’mores.