Located in northern Minnesota between the cities of Grand Rapids and Ely, the Mesabi Trail is a premier Minnesota bike trail winding through some of the state’s prettiest regions. When completed, the trail will traverse 132 miles and connect more than 25 communities. A superior paved bike trail that is well-mapped and well-maintained, the Mesabi Trail also makes an interesting walking path. In 2005, 97 miles of trail were planned to be complete and offer convenient accessibility at numerous entry points. The longest paved sections connect Nashwauk and McKinley (51 miles through the communities of Hibbing, Chisholm, Mountain Iron and Virginia), and Grand Rapids to Scenic Highway 7. An additional section of trail between Marble and Pengilly is scheduled for completion in 2006. Once completed, the Mesabi Trail will be one of the longest paved trails in the United States. The trail head is located at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids.
Partially built on old railroad beds, guests will find a 10-14 foot wide bituminous surface (asphalt paving). Great for summer activities such as biking, inline skating or walking, the trail also offers access to swimming, canoeing, camping and fishing. Winter activities may include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking. Click here to download a Mesabi Trail map. (105 MB .pdf file)