Mesabi Trail

Located in northeastern Minnesota, the Mesabi Trail™ is a premier paved bicycle trail winding through some of the state's prettiest regions. During your Mesabi Trail adventure, you will experience breathtaking beauty along with the unique culture and small town charm of Minnesota's Iron Range.

The Mesabi Trail is a 10 foot wide asphalt surface that is well mapped and well maintained, built partially on old railroad beds, and old logging and mining roads.  The trail is great for summer activities such as biking, hiking, inline skating or walking.  There are currently over 135 miles of trail to explore, with the longest continuously paved section connecting Grand Rapids to McKinley (approximately 75 miles).  When completed the Mesabi Trail will stretch from the Mississippi River (Grand Rapids) to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (Ely), traversing over 155 miles and connecting 28 communities.  The Mesabi has a good combination of flat and hilly terrain, with views of woods, creeks, ponds, and rock walls hewn for the railroad track, along with several old mining pits now filled with emerald green water to become lakes. Many campgrounds and local parks are easily accessible from the trail, highways, and nearby communities. In Virginia, the trail crosses the tallest bridge in Minnesota.

Local attractions, food, lodging, shopping, golfing, fishing, camping and swimming are all in close proximity to segments of the trail, with communities and services available near all entry points. A wheel pass is required those 18 and over using a wheeled device; $5 for a three-day pass or $15 for a season pass.


Latitude: 47.237492 Longitude: -93.52991 Elevation: 1288 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg

Route Length

Currently 135 miles - 155 when completed

Route Difficulty

Easy with Some Moderately Strenous Sections

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