Mountain Iron, MN

On the Trail, three miles west of Virginia is the city of Mt. Iron, where the “Iron Range” began. It was here that Leonidas Merritt discovered ore in 1890. The town still reflects the mining emphasis. Located on the intersection of Highways 53 and 169, the community of 3,500 maintains its mining heritage and showcases its interesting past.

The community is adjacent to Virginia and offers many shared attractions. The eastern edge of Mountain Iron and the western edge of Virginia share the Highway 53 corridor and the “service belt” that runs along it. All these services are within walking or biking distance from the Mesabi Trail.

Highlights

At the Minntac Mine Overlook, just south of town, visitors have a unique chance to view Minntac/U.S. Steel operations. In downtown Mt. Iron, a 1910 Baldwin locomotive, class S-4 switcher, is on display. The Leonidas Merritt Days festival happens every August with fun and games for the whole family.

Access Point For access to the Mesabi Trail™ from Hwy 169, exit north onto Hwy 102 and travel .75 mile into downtown Mountain Iron. Turn left on Main Street, then turn right onto Mountain Ave. Trail access and parking is located one block ahead.
Mt. Iron Access Point

For access to the Mesabi Trail™ from Hwy 169, exit north onto Hwy 102 and travel .75 mile into downtown Mountain Iron. Turn left on Main Street, then turn right onto Mountain Ave. Trail access and parking is located one block ahead.

Mountain Iron West Two Rivers Campground

4988 Campground Road
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

218-735-8831 or 218-748-7570

Located on West Two Rivers Reservoir 4 miles west of Virginia, 12 miles east of MN Discovery Center, and 1 mile south of the Mesabi Trail. Amenities: 50 sites, showers, flush toilets, picnic pavilion, beach, fishing pier, boat access, volleyball and 18 holes of Disc Golf.

Comfort Inn and Suites Comfort Inn and Suites

8570 Rock Ridge Drive
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

866-987-7411 or 218-741-7411

Call 218-741-7411 and ask for the “Trail Package” – $122 for a room, breakfast and Trail Pass. Conveniently located 1 mile west of highways 53 & 169. Amenities include – fridge & microwave in every room, 42″ flat screen TV’s, indoor pool & whirlpool, fitness center, wireless internet and complimentary hot breakfast bar. Newly renovated, strict sanitizing & delivery program.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

8570 Rock Ridge Drive
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

866-987-7411 or 218-741-7411

Comfort Inn and Suites

8570 Rock Ridge Drive
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

866-987-7411 or 218-741-7411

Call 218-741-7411 and ask for the “Trail Package” – $122 for a room, breakfast and Trail Pass. Conveniently located 1 mile west of highways 53 & 169. Amenities include – fridge & microwave in every room, 42″ flat screen TV’s, indoor pool & whirlpool, fitness center, wireless internet and complimentary hot breakfast bar. Newly renovated, strict sanitizing & delivery program.

Comfort Inn and Suites
Holiday Inn Express & Suites

8570 Rock Ridge Drive
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

866-987-7411 or 218-741-7411

Mountain Iron West Two Rivers Campground

4988 Campground Road
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

218-735-8831 or 218-748-7570

Located on West Two Rivers Reservoir 4 miles west of Virginia, 12 miles east of MN Discovery Center, and 1 mile south of the Mesabi Trail. Amenities: 50 sites, showers, flush toilets, picnic pavilion, beach, fishing pier, boat access, volleyball and 18 holes of Disc Golf.

Funding Source

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