Wind your way through the rugged northern forests behind and atop the bluffs that overlook the vast Lake Superior. For most of its 146 miles from Duluth to Grand Marais, Minnesota, the trail provides a back-country experience. While on it, you may encounter moose, deer, bear, fox, hawks, waterfowl and possibly timber wolves. It is serviced with 14 shelters, crosses 40 bridges but encounters few roads or other developments, so you are encouraged to prepare adequately. Its natural surface is intended for use by hikers, bikers, snowmobilers and horseback riders. The trail connects the Cloquet Valley State Forest and Finland State Forest with the Superior National Forest, as well as Gooseberry Falls, George Crosby-Manitou, Tettegouche, Cascade River and Temperance River State Parks. For an extended riding experience, you can connect up with Minnesota’s vast trail network of over 22,000 miles. The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail intersects other trails in Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Finland, Tofte and Lutsen, as well as numerous local trails created and maintained by local snowmobile clubs. For interactive snowmobile trail maps, visit www.mndnr.gov/snowmobiling.
In summer, much of the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail may have standing water. During this time, we suggest you use the section of trail from the town of Finland to Grand Marais (70 miles).
Nearer Lake Superior is the Superior Hiking Trail which follows a similar route 296 miles from Duluth to the Canadian Border. Learn more about this world-class trail and the Superior Hiking Trail Association at www.shta.org.
For more information, maps and a list of amenities along the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail, visit our website at www.mndnr.gov/statetrails.