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.
Grand Rapids offers a diverse range of lodging options for visitors – among the most popular are the area hotels and motels. These come in many styles: elegant, historical, rustic, and classic. They are easy to find; most are located right off one of our main highways, Hwy 169.
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. Download City Maps HERE.
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 155 miles and connect more than 28 communities. Currently over 135 miles of this well-mapped, well-maintained paved bike trail has been completed and offers convenient accessibility at numerous entry points. Download Mesabi Trail Map HERE.
Explore Beautiful Wooded Hiking Trails
Itasca County has identified several groomed trails that are perfect for hiking. The trails that they recommend are: Alder Pond, Amen Lake, Big Stone Ridge, Stoney Ridge, and the Wabana Trail. On these trails you will experience pine and hardwood forests, bog areas, ridge areas, birding opportunities, and lake areas. Some of these trails are meant for easy hiking well some are more advanced on rugged terrain. View Itasca County Hiking Trail Information HERE. An additional hiking trail we recommend is the Suomi Hills Trail located in the Chippewa National Forest. This is a designated 19 mile trail loop for non-motorized recreation. Suomi is located off of Hwy 38 (aka Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway). Pack a lunch to stop and have a picnic along the way. Just remember when hiking whatever you pack in, pack out with you.
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. You will experience 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.
Hiking safety tips: Always be sure to tell someone where you are planning to hike and when you are planning to be back. Leave a contact number on your car windshield in the event you get lost. Bring water and snacks in case you get lost. Always do your research and bring a map of the area with you.
- Legion Bike Trails Map
- Local Cross-Country Ski/Hiking Trail Map
- Get Fit Itasca
- City of Grand Rapids Trail Map
- Itasca County Trail Maps
- Mesabi Trail
- Mesabi Trail Map
- Minnesota DNR Biking Resources
- Minnesota DNR Hiking Resources
- Taconite Trail
- Taconite Trail Map
- Suomi Hills Trail
- City of Grand Rapids Hiking and Biking Map