From the Mississippi River in the west to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the east, the paved Mesabi Trail runs like a ribbon across the Iron Range, passing through most of our communities and past a variety of landscapes that will give you great reasons to pause.
162 Miles. 28 Towns. Loads of Fun.
Prepare to see the clear waters of reclaimed mine pits, wooded stretches lined with wildflowers, enchanting city parks, dramatic views high above mine lakes, and a glorious rock-cut, to name a few of our favorite places on the trail.
Stop at Hull Rust Mine View and the Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing, Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, Locomotive Park in Mountain Iron and Olcott Park in Virginia – they’re all right along the trail!
Find campgrounds on or near the trail in Buhl (rustic sites overlooking lakes), Eveleth (Veteran’s Park on Ely Lake), Gilbert (Lake Ore Be Gone and West 40 Campground), and Biwabik (Vermilion Trail).
Cross the state’s tallest bridge in Virginia, and enjoy amazing scenery along the way.
You can also stop in many communities along the way to experience live music, homemade candy, ice cream, pizza, beaches and more. Use the trail’s shuttle service for the ride back to your lodging if you like, and get your bike checked at a local bike shop like Bikes on Howard in Hibbing or Mesabi Recreation in Virginia. Find more information at the Mesabi Trail website.
We’ll help you plan your ride.
Questions? Call us for ideas on where to ride, eat and stay, plus trail conditions and more. Did you know the Mesabi Trail has a shuttle service? We’re happy to send you a free map and help plan your trip, or you can access one by clicking here. PS the Mesabi Trail makes for great hiking, too!