For access to the Mesabi TrailSM from Highway 53, exit onto 2nd Ave. Travel 1 mile to 3rd St. North, turn right. Trail access and parking are on the left.
On the Trail, the city of Virginia is located 60 miles north of Duluth and 100 miles south of the Canadian border. Two major highways, Hwy 53 running north and south, and Hwy 169 running east and west serve this community of 9,100. Virginia has natural scenic beauty and many mining attractions and festivals. Virginia Lake and Silver Lake offer recreational fishing and an opportunity to see the World's largest floating loon. The lakes are located in the center of town, with the Mesabi Trail running along the north and west side.
The town's historic downtown, with numerous buildings listed on the National Historic Register, is a favorite while Virginia's lakes offer great recreation opportunities. The Virginia Heritage Museum is located in Olcott Park, a beautiful park on Virginia's north side. The Laurentian Divide recreation area signifies the continental divides where water is split into the Lake Superior and Hudson Bay watersheds and the picnic area offers a host of outdoor activities. The Mineview in the Sky gives visitors a 20-story view of the Rouchleau Mine group, the area's deepest mine. Summer festivals, such as the annual Land of the Loon Festival in June, celebrate the unique ethnic mix in the area. For golfing enthusiasts, a newly renovated 18-hole golf course is available.
Virginia offers most major services, supplies, equipment, restaurants and hotel accommodations. Extensive medical facilities are available. Camping, parks, commercial attractions are all close by.