Mesabi Trail

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Running through the colorful heart of northern Minnesota's Iron Range region, the Mesabi Trail is well on its way to becoming one of the finest long-distance paved trails in the U.S. when complete, the trail will run for 132 miles between Grand Rapids and Ely. As of early 2012, about 115 miles are complete between Grand Rapids and Wynne Lake, with side spur to Aurora. There's a 3-mile section in Soudan and another 3 miles in Ely.

From the perspective of the recreational trail user, the Mesabi Trail provides walkers, joggers, inline skaters, cyclists and the differently abled with the opportunity to connect with nature as the trail winds through woods, stream areas, ponds and lakes. Animal sightings on the trail are common, with deer, raccoons, beavers, eagles, hawks and even the black bear being relatively common sights. For history buffs, the trail is an open window onto the mining past, and present, of the Iron Range as the Mesabi Trail takes users past manmade mine-pit lakes, old iron ore pits and still-working iron ore mines.

Because the trail connects with so many towns and tourist attractions, such as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Hill Annex Mine State Park near Calumet and the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, the Mesabi Trail is also seen as a way to get from place to place without always hopping in a car.

Parking and Trail Access

Access and parking are too numerous to list here. Visit the Mesabi Trail online for specific directions.


Challenging Hills are worth it for the scenery and weather

   September, 2015 by kabatwo

My husband and I did 53 miles of this trail on the Mesabi Bike Tour in July 2015. It was a well supported and organized ride. We really enjoyed the cooler up north temps and beautiful scenery. The hills are long and challenging but lots of nice downhills more

Fishing And Biking

   August, 2015 by mercfsb

My wife and I stay at the Hidden Haven Resort in Cohasset, about 10 to 15 miles NW of Grand Rapids. Bob and Katie are the owners, and great people, and the fishing is very good! I usually come in from fishing around 1:30-2:00 grab a snack,and my road more

poor "in-town" segments

   August, 2009 by TimBee

The Mesabi is a very unique trail for MN. Most midwest rail trails are flat & somewhat boring. The Mesabi has numerous hills (many pretty steep) and curves. The scenery is spectacular even though much of it is obscured by small trees & shrubs close to more