Gilbert, MN

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. 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.

Highlights

Chestnut street between 1st and 6th Avenue is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Virginia Commercial Historic District.  A few other buildings on the National Register include Kaleva Hall and the B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center. The Virginia Heritage Museum is located alongside Olcott Park, a beautiful park on Virginia’s north side. The Laurentian Divide recreation area, just north of if town, signifies the continental divide where water is split into the Lake Superior and Hudson Bay watersheds and offers a picnic area and hiking trails.  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.

Access Point For access to the Mesabi Trail™ from Hwy 37/Broadway Street, turn east onto Wisconsin Ave. for trail access. Restrooms, parking and water are located at Sherwood Forest Campground.
Gilbert Access Point

For access to the Mesabi Trail™ from Hwy 37/Broadway Street, turn east onto Wisconsin Ave. for trail access. Restrooms, parking and water are located at Sherwood Forest Campground.

Gilbert Sherwood Forest Campground

301 Ore-Be-Gone Drive
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-748-2221

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In the heart of the Iron Range, all campsites offer a spectacular view of Lake Ore-Be-Gone, a huge mine pit lake spanning over 140 acres! A modern "mecca" for water skiers, fishermen, swimmers and divers. Come enjoy the hospitality and beauty, direct access to the Mesabi Trail.

The Blueberry Patch The Blueberry Patch

4493 Lilac Road
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-865-4100

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Located about 9 miles SE of the Mesabi Trail Gilbert access point. U-pick blueberry farm, berries are usually ripe in August. Contact for a Visit: Call 218-865-4100 for current picking availability.

Kunnari’s Pick-Your-Own Kunnari’s Pick-Your-Own

6650 Bodas Road
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-865-4732

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Located about 8 miles south of the Mesabi Trail McKinley access point. Pick-your-own strawberries. Contact to Visit: Call 218-865-4732 before coming out, as the season changes from year to year and picking conditions change daily. Kids are welcome, no pets please.

Iron Range Tourism Bureau Iron Range Tourism Bureau

111 Station 44 Road
Eveleth, MN 55734

800-777-8497

Website

The Iron Range Tourism Bureau serves multiple communities along the Mesabi Trail, including Hibbing, Chisholm, Mountain Iron, Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert, Biwabik, Aurora, Hoyt Lakes and Embarrass. Follow us on social media, and visit our website to find out about area events, attractions, lodging and trails.

West Forty RV Park

245 Minnesota 37
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-248-7362

Website

Located outside Gilbert with a connector trail that brings you right to the Mesabi Trail in just a few minutes. We offer the best camping value in Gilbert. Family-owned since 2004, we provide a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of open space so you can roam about. With 49 campsites for tents, campers/RVs or motor homes, we have something for everyone.

The Whistling Bird

101 No Broadway Ave
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-741-5030

Website

Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean on the Iron Range! Offering authentic Jamaican cooking along with traditional dishes with an island flair, and don't forget to check out our full bar featuring tasty island drinks.

The Blueberry Patch

4493 Lilac Road
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-865-4100

Website

Located about 9 miles SE of the Mesabi Trail Gilbert access point. U-pick blueberry farm, berries are usually ripe in August. Contact for a Visit: Call 218-865-4100 for current picking availability.

The Blueberry Patch
Kunnari’s Pick-Your-Own

6650 Bodas Road
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-865-4732

Website

Located about 8 miles south of the Mesabi Trail McKinley access point. Pick-your-own strawberries. Contact to Visit: Call 218-865-4732 before coming out, as the season changes from year to year and picking conditions change daily. Kids are welcome, no pets please.

Kunnari’s Pick-Your-Own
Iron Range Tourism Bureau

111 Station 44 Road
Eveleth, MN 55734

800-777-8497

Website

The Iron Range Tourism Bureau serves multiple communities along the Mesabi Trail, including Hibbing, Chisholm, Mountain Iron, Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert, Biwabik, Aurora, Hoyt Lakes and Embarrass. Follow us on social media, and visit our website to find out about area events, attractions, lodging and trails.

Iron Range Tourism Bureau
The Whistling Bird

101 No Broadway Ave
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-741-5030

Website

Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean on the Iron Range! Offering authentic Jamaican cooking along with traditional dishes with an island flair, and don't forget to check out our full bar featuring tasty island drinks.

West Forty RV Park

245 Minnesota 37
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-248-7362

Website

Located outside Gilbert with a connector trail that brings you right to the Mesabi Trail in just a few minutes. We offer the best camping value in Gilbert. Family-owned since 2004, we provide a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of open space so you can roam about. With 49 campsites for tents, campers/RVs or motor homes, we have something for everyone.

Gilbert Sherwood Forest Campground

301 Ore-Be-Gone Drive
Gilbert, MN 55741

218-748-2221

Website

In the heart of the Iron Range, all campsites offer a spectacular view of Lake Ore-Be-Gone, a huge mine pit lake spanning over 140 acres! A modern "mecca" for water skiers, fishermen, swimmers and divers. Come enjoy the hospitality and beauty, direct access to the Mesabi Trail.

Funding Source

The Mesabi Trail™ has been funded in part by the LCCMR and the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.