A great way to enjoy the great outdoors in Northern Minnesota is on your ATV. With an Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, plus many trails, there are lots of places to chose from to ride your ATV.
Gilbert is home to Minnesota’s first Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Area. This 1200-acre park has trails exclusively for ATVs including 4X4 vehicles, all-terrain trucks, and motorcycles.
The park is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and covers 30 miles of trails. Well marked trails indicate the level of difficulty for all ATVs.
The Genoa Trail connects the town of Eveleth with Gilbert via the old Genoa mining area, providing a link to the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Area. Sherwood Forest campground in Gilbert is where you will find the trailhead that connects the trail to the OHV Recreational Area. The Genoa Trail is also open to snowmobiles from December to March.
Other Trails for Northern Minnesota ATV Trail Riding:
The Red Dot Trail is a 27 mile trail with Silver Bay on the north shore of Lake Superior as its terminus. This trail winds through the Sawtooth foothills close to the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway. It includes scenic overlooks and campgrounds and is ideal for groups of ATV riders who want to enjoy camping and fishing in a more remote area.
The Thistledew Trail runs through the aspen and pine groves of the George Washington State Forest with 27 miles of trails. It’s maintained by the Department of Natural Resources and includes part of the Circle T snowmobile trail system. Also open for hikers during the summer and fall, the Thistledew Trail is located 27 miles north of Nashwauk off of Highway 65.
The Stony Spur II trail north of the town of Virginia has 26 miles of trails through the Bear Island State Forest. Starting in Babbit, it continues east through picturesque terrain.
The Alborn-Pengilly trail is located near Hibbing. This 42-mile long trail follows an old abandoned railroad between the towns of Alborn and Pengilly. Riders should see deer and other wildlife along this trail.
The Aurora Trail is open year-round for ATVs and snowmobiles, in season. This 25 mile trail between Biwabik and Hoyt Lakes includes warming huts and spur roads to the Giant’s Ridge Golf and Ski Resort.
All-terrain vehicles are fun and a great way to experience Northern Minnesota ATV trail riding. The scenery is spectacular and a welcome change from highway traffic. See our online visitors guide on www.ironrange.org for more ways to enjoy ATV trail riding in the Northland, plus so much more.
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