Located in northeastern Minnesota between the cities of Grand Rapids and Biwabik, the Mesabi TrailSM is a premier bicycle trail winding through some of the state's prettiest regions. When completed, the trail will extend all the way to Ely, traversing 132 miles and connecting 28 communities. A superior paved bike trail that is well-mapped and well-maintained, the Mesabi Trail also makes an interesting walking path.
Currently approximately 115 miles of trail are complete offering convenient accessibility at numerous entry points. The longest continuous paved section connects Grand Rapids to McKinley (about 75 miles); then continuing on from Biwabik to Hwy 135 past Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort (another 15 miles); and don't miss the spurs into other communities like Chisholm, Eveleth, Aurora, and the Minnesota Discovery Center. When completed, the Mesabi Trail will be one of the longest paved trails in the United States.
Partially built on old railroad beds, old logging and mining roads, guests will find a 10 foot wide bituminous surface (asphalt paving). Great for summer activities such as biking, inline skating or walking. 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, golfing, swimming, canoeing and fishing are all in close proximity to segments of the trail, with communities and services available near all entry points.
A wheel pass is required for all trail users 18 and older on wheels. Passes may be purchased on line, at our Mesabi Trail Town pass vendors, or at entry point self pay boxes.