Mesabi Trail


Quoted from Trail website:

Located in northern Minnesota between the cities of Ely and Grand Rapids, 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 2012, approximately 115 miles of trail will be complete and offer convenient accessibility at numerous entry points. The longest paved section connects Grand Rapids to McKinley (approximately 75 miles) through the communities of Grand Rapids, Nashwauk, Keewatin, Hibbing, Chisholm, Mountain Iron and Virginia, to name several. Once completed, the Mesabi Trail will be one of the longest paved trails in the United States.

Partially built on old railroad beds, guests will find a 10 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.

Many campgrounds and local parks are easily accessible from the trail, highways, and nearby communities. Food, lodging, shopping, antiquing, golfing, fishing, camping and swimming are all in close proximity to segments of the trail, with communities and services available near all entry points.