Grand Rapids, MN

The city of Grand Rapids, a 1 1/2 hour drive west from Duluth, has a population of 8,000 and is located on the Mississippi River, which runs through the heart of the town. The Blandin Paper Mill, the major industry, is located here. The longest trail bridge in Minnesota begins in Veteran’s Memorial Park and crosses the river to Oakland Park. There are seven lakes within city limits and three of them (Crystal, Forest, and Hale) have public access beaches and boat launch areas. Downtown shoppers will enjoy the Central School shopping complex and the Central Square Mall.

Highlights

Grand Rapids native Judy Garland is honored with a museum and a children’s museum. Grand Rapids is also home to the Forest History Center, a 1900 Logging Camp where costumed guides recreate life in the woods at the turn of the century. On the first full weekend in August, Tall Timber Days takes place. This is an open air festival, complete with sawing contests, demonstrations and booths featuring crafts and ethnic foods. The Mississippi Melody Showboat is held during the last three weekends in July on the river’s shore. During the last weekend in July, vintage cars are shown and traded at the Car Show and Swap Meet. The Itasca County Fair takes place each year in mid-August.

Camping at the Fairgrounds sites are available from May – September on a first come basis. No reservations are required. Amenities on site are: Bathroom and Shower, Laundry, Electrical hookups, dump station, water, fire rings, picnic tables. Check with caretaker upon arrival. Tents $15, Tents with electric $20, Camper – no electric $25, Camper – with electric $30, Large units requiring 50 amp plugs $35. Special rates available for long term stay. To contact the Fairgrounds (218) 326-6470 or icfair1336@gmail.com.

Access Point From combined Highways 169 & 2, turn north onto 3rd Ave NE to Itasca County Fairgrounds. Direct Trail access and parking are located at the north side of the fairgrounds.
Grand Rapids Access Point

From combined Highways 169 & 2, turn north onto 3rd Ave NE to Itasca County Fairgrounds. Direct Trail access and parking are located at the north side of the fairgrounds.

Grand Rapids Attractions Grand Rapids Attractions

10 Northwest 5th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-9607

There’s a lot to do in Grand Rapids with a wide variety of attractions offering something for every age, from art & culture to education & history. Home to many talented artists, experience art in many different ways; including live performances, art galleries, art walks & self-guided tours. Step back in time and relive history at one of our historical attractions. More information in one convenient spot at VisitGrandRapids.com/area-attractions.

Ardent Bicycles – Sales, Service & Rental Ardent Bicycles – Sales, Service & Rental

951 Northwest 4th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-5470

A cycling & outdoor adventure shop. Carrying bikes, parts, gear & clothing from leaders in road, mountain and outdoor brands. Full service from tune up to bike builds and rental.

Itasca Trail Sport – Bike Sales & Repair Itasca Trail Sport – Bike Sales & Repair

1285 South Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-1716

Stop in when you are in Grand Rapids and check out our new bikes & accessories. Offering a full service bike shop repairing all makes & models – our experienced mechanics will repair your bike right the 1st time. HOURS: Tues to Fri 10am-6pm, Wed 12noon to 4pm.

Itasca County Fairgrounds – Campground

1336 Fairgrounds Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-6470

Picturesque camping "under the pines" at the start of the Mesabi Trail. Amenities available: shower & restroom facilities, laundry, electrical hook-ups, dump station, fishing & swimming lake, walking or biking distance to downtown & restaurants.

The Pickled Loon Saloon The Pickled Loon Saloon

20184 U.S. 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-301-0485

The Pickled Loon Saloon is proud of our reputation for great food and service. Our new Grand Rapids location offers breakfast, lunch and dinner along with various food and drink specials and events. We have 20 different beers on tap and pull tabs too. Fantastic views abound from the outdoor patio.

Rapids Brewing Company Rapids Brewing Company

214 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Rapids Brewing Co is a brewpub with state-of-the-art brewing equipment in the heart of Grand Rapids. Offering a wide variety of clean, delicious, high-quality beers and fresh, flavorful food made in our wood-fired oven. Our remodeled theater is a first-rate music venue a block from the Mississippi River…a unique gathering place for Grand Rapids

Timberlake Lodge Hotel and Timberlake Restaurant

144 Southeast 17th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

866-800-2200 or 218-326-2600

Come out to the Timberlake Lodge for a relaxing evening after your ride. 84 spacious rooms, including extended stay suites, spa suites & family suites. Finish your evening with a drink and dinner at the Timberlake Restaurant, right on site, offering outdoor patio seating. Start your day with a complimentary hot breakfast.

Klockow Brewing Co Klockow Brewing Co

36 Southeast 10th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-7229

Klockow Brewing Co. is Grand Rapids first craft brewery. Stop by for a variety of hand-crafted ales & lagers, as well as live music on the weekends! Family friendly, bring your own food or order in from a variety of local restaurants. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram (@klockowbrewing) for event updates. Hours – W 2-9, Th 2-9, F 2-10, Sat 12-10, sun 12-6.

Bryndlewood Gardens Bryndlewood Gardens

3251 Horseshoe Lake Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Located a few miles south of the Grand Rapids Mesabi Trail access point. Bryndlewood Gardens offers guided farm tours focusing on high tunnels and sustainable growing practices for vegetable and fruit production. Producing a huge variety of vegetables (leafy greens to tomatoes and eggplants), raspberries, blueberries, fresh chicken eggs, local cut flowers, and bedding plants in the spring. Kids are welcome; no pets please. Contact for a Visit: 1-2 weeks in advance via private message on Facebook (if just wanting to purchase produce, 2-3 days notice is sufficient). Amenities: Fresh drinking water onsite, outhouse available, and can accommodate electrical charging.

Grand Rapids Farmers Market Grand Rapids Farmers Market

11 Golf Course Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Wednesday 8am – 1pm; Saturday 8am – 1pm; Beginning of May to end of October. “Locally Grown fresh fruits & vegetables. Honey and Maple Syrup. Home raised meats, Fresh Baked Goods, and Canned Goods.”

Lavalier’s Berry Patch Lavalier’s Berry Patch

28056 County Road 441
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-327-9199

Located about 7 miles SE of the Grand Rapids access point.U-pick strawberries and blueberries; plus apples, tart cherries, vegetables, and honey in season. Contact for a Visit: Call 218-327-9199 for current picking availability.

Green Heron Bed & Breakfast Green Heron Bed & Breakfast

2810 Meyers Bay Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-5795

A cozy inn on the shores of Pokegama Lake, minutes from Grand Rapids & the Mesabi Trail. Small enough to tailor breakfast to your tastes & schedule; pre-arranged on-site massage available. Ground floor rooms, private baths & views of the lake. Easy lake access, non-motorized water craft available.

Visit Grand Rapids Visit Grand Rapids

10 Northwest 5th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

800-355-9740

Welcome to Grand Rapids! Start your Mesabi Trail adventure with us at the farthest west entry point. Grand Rapids provides breathtaking wilderness beauty, a welcoming community, lodging options with a view and the surprise sophistication of arts and culture. Come explore the Mesabi Trail in Grand Rapids…It’s in Minnesota’s Nature.

Hotel Rapids Hotel Rapids

680 U.S. 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-7229

Hotel Rapids is a historic hotel right in town! Hotel Rapids is near the Great River Road scenic byway, the Mississippi River and the beautiful veterans memorial park. it’s a quick drive to some of the best fishing, recreational lakes and bike trails from Hotel Rapids.

Paddle Hoppers Paddle Hoppers

17 County Road 63
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-5853

We are your local paddle store, providing sales and service. We offer on and off site kayak and “standup paddle board” rentals (including 1-2 hour rentals), as well as Friday guided lake trips and Sat half day Mississippi River trips. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon excursion, rentals for your vacation, something special like a team building paddle, or gear of your own, we’ve got the products and expertise to get you on the water.

Glen’s Army Navy Store

710 Northwest 4th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

800-422-0806

Tioga Recreation Area Tioga Recreation Area

23946 Tioga Beach Road
Cohasset, MN 55721

218-328-6225

Northern Minnesota’s next premier outdoor adventure destination, Tioga’s 500 wooded acres features 30 miles of world-class, single-track mountain biking twisting through a rock studded landscape. These professionally built trails range from family-friendly loops like Gurley Flynn to heart-pumping double blacks like Bloodstone.There are jump lines, skills tracks, tech trails, downhill flows and miles of XC trails.

The Tioga Recreation Area also offers two beaches, access to miles of waterways, and snowshoe trails.

Access to the Mesabi Trail is only six miles away in Grand Rapids at the Itasca County Fairgrounds.

Grand Rapids Attractions

10 Northwest 5th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-9607

There’s a lot to do in Grand Rapids with a wide variety of attractions offering something for every age, from art & culture to education & history. Home to many talented artists, experience art in many different ways; including live performances, art galleries, art walks & self-guided tours. Step back in time and relive history at one of our historical attractions. More information in one convenient spot at VisitGrandRapids.com/area-attractions.

Grand Rapids Attractions
Ardent Bicycles – Sales, Service & Rental

951 Northwest 4th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-5470

A cycling & outdoor adventure shop. Carrying bikes, parts, gear & clothing from leaders in road, mountain and outdoor brands. Full service from tune up to bike builds and rental.

Ardent Bicycles – Sales, Service & Rental
The Pickled Loon Saloon

20184 U.S. 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-301-0485

The Pickled Loon Saloon is proud of our reputation for great food and service. Our new Grand Rapids location offers breakfast, lunch and dinner along with various food and drink specials and events. We have 20 different beers on tap and pull tabs too. Fantastic views abound from the outdoor patio.

The Pickled Loon Saloon
Tioga Recreation Area

23946 Tioga Beach Road
Cohasset, MN 55721

218-328-6225

Northern Minnesota’s next premier outdoor adventure destination, Tioga’s 500 wooded acres features 30 miles of world-class, single-track mountain biking twisting through a rock studded landscape. These professionally built trails range from family-friendly loops like Gurley Flynn to heart-pumping double blacks like Bloodstone.There are jump lines, skills tracks, tech trails, downhill flows and miles of XC trails.

The Tioga Recreation Area also offers two beaches, access to miles of waterways, and snowshoe trails.

Access to the Mesabi Trail is only six miles away in Grand Rapids at the Itasca County Fairgrounds.

Tioga Recreation Area
Glen’s Army Navy Store

710 Northwest 4th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

800-422-0806

Rapids Brewing Company

214 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Rapids Brewing Co is a brewpub with state-of-the-art brewing equipment in the heart of Grand Rapids. Offering a wide variety of clean, delicious, high-quality beers and fresh, flavorful food made in our wood-fired oven. Our remodeled theater is a first-rate music venue a block from the Mississippi River…a unique gathering place for Grand Rapids

Rapids Brewing Company
Visit Grand Rapids

10 Northwest 5th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

800-355-9740

Welcome to Grand Rapids! Start your Mesabi Trail adventure with us at the farthest west entry point. Grand Rapids provides breathtaking wilderness beauty, a welcoming community, lodging options with a view and the surprise sophistication of arts and culture. Come explore the Mesabi Trail in Grand Rapids…It’s in Minnesota’s Nature.

Visit Grand Rapids
Hotel Rapids

680 U.S. 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-7229

Hotel Rapids is a historic hotel right in town! Hotel Rapids is near the Great River Road scenic byway, the Mississippi River and the beautiful veterans memorial park. it’s a quick drive to some of the best fishing, recreational lakes and bike trails from Hotel Rapids.

Hotel Rapids
Bryndlewood Gardens

3251 Horseshoe Lake Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Located a few miles south of the Grand Rapids Mesabi Trail access point. Bryndlewood Gardens offers guided farm tours focusing on high tunnels and sustainable growing practices for vegetable and fruit production. Producing a huge variety of vegetables (leafy greens to tomatoes and eggplants), raspberries, blueberries, fresh chicken eggs, local cut flowers, and bedding plants in the spring. Kids are welcome; no pets please. Contact for a Visit: 1-2 weeks in advance via private message on Facebook (if just wanting to purchase produce, 2-3 days notice is sufficient). Amenities: Fresh drinking water onsite, outhouse available, and can accommodate electrical charging.

Bryndlewood Gardens
Itasca Trail Sport – Bike Sales & Repair

1285 South Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-1716

Stop in when you are in Grand Rapids and check out our new bikes & accessories. Offering a full service bike shop repairing all makes & models – our experienced mechanics will repair your bike right the 1st time. HOURS: Tues to Fri 10am-6pm, Wed 12noon to 4pm.

Itasca Trail Sport – Bike Sales & Repair
Lavalier’s Berry Patch

28056 County Road 441
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-327-9199

Located about 7 miles SE of the Grand Rapids access point.U-pick strawberries and blueberries; plus apples, tart cherries, vegetables, and honey in season. Contact for a Visit: Call 218-327-9199 for current picking availability.

Lavalier’s Berry Patch
Klockow Brewing Co

36 Southeast 10th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-7229

Klockow Brewing Co. is Grand Rapids first craft brewery. Stop by for a variety of hand-crafted ales & lagers, as well as live music on the weekends! Family friendly, bring your own food or order in from a variety of local restaurants. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram (@klockowbrewing) for event updates. Hours – W 2-9, Th 2-9, F 2-10, Sat 12-10, sun 12-6.

Klockow Brewing Co
Grand Rapids Farmers Market

11 Golf Course Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Wednesday 8am – 1pm; Saturday 8am – 1pm; Beginning of May to end of October. “Locally Grown fresh fruits & vegetables. Honey and Maple Syrup. Home raised meats, Fresh Baked Goods, and Canned Goods.”

Grand Rapids Farmers Market
Green Heron Bed & Breakfast

2810 Meyers Bay Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-5795

A cozy inn on the shores of Pokegama Lake, minutes from Grand Rapids & the Mesabi Trail. Small enough to tailor breakfast to your tastes & schedule; pre-arranged on-site massage available. Ground floor rooms, private baths & views of the lake. Easy lake access, non-motorized water craft available.

Green Heron Bed & Breakfast
Paddle Hoppers

17 County Road 63
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-5853

We are your local paddle store, providing sales and service. We offer on and off site kayak and “standup paddle board” rentals (including 1-2 hour rentals), as well as Friday guided lake trips and Sat half day Mississippi River trips. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon excursion, rentals for your vacation, something special like a team building paddle, or gear of your own, we’ve got the products and expertise to get you on the water.

Paddle Hoppers
Itasca County Fairgrounds – Campground

1336 Fairgrounds Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-6470

Picturesque camping "under the pines" at the start of the Mesabi Trail. Amenities available: shower & restroom facilities, laundry, electrical hook-ups, dump station, fishing & swimming lake, walking or biking distance to downtown & restaurants.

Timberlake Lodge Hotel and Timberlake Restaurant

144 Southeast 17th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

866-800-2200 or 218-326-2600

Come out to the Timberlake Lodge for a relaxing evening after your ride. 84 spacious rooms, including extended stay suites, spa suites & family suites. Finish your evening with a drink and dinner at the Timberlake Restaurant, right on site, offering outdoor patio seating. Start your day with a complimentary hot breakfast.

Funding Source

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