Arrowhead State Trail

Located among the mix of hardwoods and pinelands of northern Minnesota, this natural-surface trail stretches 135 miles from near Tower, Minnesota to Ericsburg, near International Falls and the Canada border.  The trail passes through the communities of Tower, Cook, Orr and International Falls – all of which offer parking, gas, food and lodging.  Snowmobilers, who are the predominant users of this trail, will pass through rolling hills of the Kabetogama and Sturgeon River State Forests and around numerous lakes and streams within the Superior National Forest.  Mountain bikers and horseback riders also enjoy the trail during summer months and appreciate the colorful attraction it becomes in autumn.  Because much of the trail navigates through wetlands, approximately 69 miles of the trail are suitable for use during non-frozen months.

The Arrowhead State Trail intersects with the Taconite State Trail 10 miles south of Tower.  The Taconite State Trail then connects the town of Grand Rapids to Ely, Minnesota.  Camping is available along this section of trail at McCarthy Beach State Park, Pfeifer Lake National Forest, Bear Head Lake State Park and several rustic campsites along the way.  The Taconite State Trail passes through the communities of Grand Rapids, Tower, Ely and Side Lake.

For more information, maps and a list of amenities along the trail, visit our website at

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Latitude: 47.840773 Longitude: -92.504732 Elevation: 1334 ft
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Kacie Carlson, Minnesota State Parks and Trails

Trail Difficulty

Easy - Suggested for all riders

Trail Distance

135 Miles

Trail Rules and Restrictions

The Arrowhead Trail is open to hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and snowmobiling.

  • Share the trail with others
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Keep right so others can pass.
  • Keep all pets on leash.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Pack out all garbage and litter.
  • Respect adjoining landowners rights and privacy.
  • Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal.
  • Some horses may be spooked by quiet bikers or in-line skaters. Let them know you are passing.
  • Overnight camping and campfires are permitted only on designated campsites.
  • Do not leave campfires unattended.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants & animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy

Trailhead Access and Parking

For more information, maps and a list of amenities along the trail, visit our website at

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