Iron Range Off-Hwy Vehicle Recreation Area
Gilbert is home to Minnesota’s first Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Area. This 3,600-acre park has trails exclusively for ATVs including 4X4 vehicles, all-terrain trucks, and motorcycles. Start in Gilbert and head to Eveleth – restaurants, camping and lodging – using the Genoa Trail, or go into Virginia and cross the state’s tallest bridge. Both towns are ATV-friendly with routes to places to eat and stay.
The park is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and covers 49 miles of trails. Trails are well marked to indicate the level of difficulty for all ATVs. Entry is free with licensed machine. There’s even a wash station! Trails traverse rocky hills, woods, mudholes and more. Tear it up in the scramble areas, try the hill climb, go crazy! The views are pretty great, too! It’s a playground for you and your toys – and it’s open year round except for deer season! View area ATV trail maps.
This multi-use trail connects the communities of Biwabik, Aurora and Hoyt Lakes on a 22-mile scenic ride through the Superior National Forest. Find trailer parking in Biwabik and Hoyt Lakes. Plenty of places to eat and camp, plus hotels nearby. These trails are close to the OHVRA (above) but not connected by trail at this time. See a map.
Follow the Northern Traxx trail out of ATV-friendly Chisholm and head north to the Side Lake area for camping, restaurants and forest scenery. This trail is open year- round except for deer season. Covering 22 miles, the Northern Traxx trail passes through tall pines and connects to the Taconite state snowmobile trail. Go south out of Chisholm and connect with Hibbing, 5 miles away, by passing through the RedHead Mountain Bike Park. Find your way to food, gas and lodging on either end of this trail! See a map.
This multi-use trail system is north of Virginia, off of Hwy 53. It offers 22 miles of loops with numerous scenic viewpoints. Open to ATVs May-Nov 20 only. Drop the trailer at the trailhead and ride through the Superior National Forest under towering aspen and pine trees. View a map.
Jeeps are welcome at the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in Gilbert, but they have a place of their own at Mesabi Mountain. Four miles of year-round trails make for challenging crawls. Connect to the Sherwood Forest Campground in Gilbert, and the OHVRA. Lodging is practically onsite at the trailhead, and dining is nearby, too. View a map.
You’ll also find opportunities to off-road on US Forest Service trails in the Superior National Forest, which borders the Mesabi Iron Range to the north. Find the perfect place to ride, whatever kind of machine you have!
If you need service while youre here, go to Five Seasons Sports in Eveleth. Coming from out of state? Youll need a state trail pass. Get them online or at these local vendors. Download Minnesotas ATV Rules and Regulations guide for more info.