The Grand Rapids area has a network of trails all around the 1,000 lakes of our area – ideal for hiking, biking, skiing, or snowmobiling. Grand Rapids is the southern gateway to the Taconite Trail and home to more than 3,000 miles of groomed trails. See the seasons change from the trails. For details and maps of respective trail networks, contact Blandin Paper at (218) 327-6226, Itasca County Park System at (218) 327-2855, the Minnesota DNR at (218) 327-4455, the Chippewa National Forest at (218) 832-3161 and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-472-6366.
Miles of the Best Bike Trails in Minnesota
Northeastern Minnesota is rapidly developing some of the finest bike trails in the state and the Grand Rapids area is providing more biking opportunities every year. Miles of paved bike trails wind through the Iron Range and around the lakes of Grand Rapids. Explore Northern Minnesota by bicycle, all the while taking in Minnesota’s nature.
Itasca County Bike Trail & Mesabi Trail
The Itasca County Bike Trail begins at the fairgrounds in Grand Rapids and heads north to Prairie Lake five miles to the north. The fairgrounds also serve as the gateway to the Mesabi Trail which will eventually connect Grand Rapids to Ely. This trail is under development and more sections are added every year. When completed, the trail will traverse 145 miles and connect more than 25 communities. Currently over 120 miles of this well-mapped, well-maintained paved bike trail has been completed and offers convenient accessibility at numerous entry points. Delete the entire last line for The longest paved section connects Grand Rapids to McKinley (approximately 75 miles).
Explore Beautiful Wooded Hiking Trails
The Taconite State Trail runs for 165 miles between Grand Rapids and Ely, Minnesota, but only the first 6 miles in Grand Rapids are paved. From Grand Rapids north to County Highway 61, the Taconite Trail follows the same course as the Mesabi Trail, and at Pike River Flowage near Peyla, the Taconite Trail meets the southern end point of the Arrowhead State Trail. It is considered a Rail-Trail trail type and its surface is made up of a combination of asphalt, ballast, dirt, grass, and gravel.
As you hike along the trail you will walk through birch-aspen-pine forests and past remote lakes, bogs and flowing streams. A portion of the trail follows an abandoned rail corridor, and from Grand Rapids north, you will see the changes that taconite and iron ore mining have had on the region. You will find a number of rest areas and picnic facilities along the Taconite State Trail providing scenic views of remote countryside.
There are several access points and parking areas along the route. In Grand Rapids park near the Speedway north of town near Crystal Lake. For more information, contact Minnesota DNR: Grand Rapids Area, 1201 E. Hwy 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 218-999-7920.