When completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail will traverse 88 paved miles between the cities of Two Harbors and Grand Marais on Lake Superior's northern shore. Currently, several segments, totaling over 25 miles, are open between the two endpoints. The trail provides a non-motorized, safer alternative to State Route 61.
The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association's mission is to promote, plan and construct the trail to link communities, state parks and points of interest along the north shore of Lake Superior. Other project stakeholders include the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission.
For updates on the trail's progress, visit the Gitchi-Gami State Trail's website
Parking for the Gitchi-Gami State Trail is available north of Two Harbors at the northern mouth of the Silver Creek Tunnel off State Route 61. Additional parking can be found in Gooseberry Falls State Park and at the Split Rock Lighthouse Visitors Center.
In Silver Bay, parking can be found adjacent to Rukavina Arena on Outer Drive. Additional parking can be found in the communities of Tofte, Schroeder and Grand Marais. Refer to the TrailLink map for exact parking locations.
The sections of completed trail are phenomenal!
The paved trail makes it easy to take in the north shore without a car. Each turn of the trail offers new views of Lake Superior. Be prepared for the quickly changing weather.