Welcome to the Mesabi Trail™
Stretching from the Mississippi to the Boundary Waters, with over 150 miles of paved trail, the Mesabi Trail is like no other in the country. Cutting through the forests of northeast Minnesota, your adventure will take you past lakes, creeks and ponds, by vast red pits of old iron ore mines now filled with emerald green water. You are sure to be greeted by native wildlife during your travels. Pass through 28 communities, stop in at a local attraction to experience the history of the area, learn about our mining and logging legacies, enjoy the local cuisine…try a sarma, a pasty or some potica.
When completed (in 1-2 years), this well-mapped and well-maintained trail will traverse almost 165 miles, making it one of the longest paved trails in the United States.There are only two sections remaining.
Great summer activities include biking, hiking, walking and inline skating. Winter activities may include fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking – but the trail is not groomed for these activities. Some portions of the trail offer snowmobile access.
The trail is easily accessible from numerous locations. Amenities and services are available all along the trail, including lodging and campgrounds.
A Wheel Pass is required by anyone 18 and older using wheels on the trail.