For access to the Mesabi TrailSM from Hwy 169, turn north onto N. Central Ave/Pioneer Road and continue 3 blocks. Trail access and parking on right. (see map)
On the Trail at the eastern end of the Mesabi Trail, lies the city of Ely, population 4,000. Located approximately 112 miles northeast of Duluth, Ely is sometimes referred to as "the canoeing capital of the world". It is surrounded by the Superior National Forest that encompasses 2,021 lakes. Ely offers excellent access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a well-known area that offers camping, hiking, fishing and more. Ely is known for all different types of outdoor activities. It is not uncommon to see moose, deer, and bears while visiting this area. Many adventures are waiting to be explored in Ely. The area is well-managed which makes it one of the most natural and pristine areas in the world. It is less than 15 miles to the Canadian border at Ely's closest point.
In recent years Ely has been known for tourism and outdoor activities. Many interesting museums, including the International Wolf Center are located in town. The Blueberry Festival in July and Harvest Moon Festival in September offer arts, crafts, music, and ethnic foods. The community is a popular vacation spot for nature lovers.
Ely offers most major services, including lodging, plenty of restaurants, outdoor outfitters, hospital, clinic, numerous unique shops, city hall, a library, and a post offce.