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Mesabi Trail

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.

Hills, Valleys and Views

This is NOT a rails-to-trails trail! You may find some flat stretches, and you may find some straight stretches, but they are few and far between and rarely at the same place! We promise varied terrain, plenty of views of water, woods and wetlands, and a challenge if you like – or a breeze if you just want to do some fun pedaling.

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.

The greatest distance between any two towns on The Range is around seven miles. See three of our recommended itineraries, with links to bike rentals here.

Make Time To Stop and See the Sights

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!

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.

The Mesabi Trail in northern Minnesota winds through 28 towns.

Lodging, and Lodge-to-Lodge Riding

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). Vacation rentals, hotels and resort properties also have easy access to the mighty Mesabi Trail.

The Mesabi Trail Shuttle Service is a great friend to have if you want to ride from point A to point B but not back again. Just have them pick you up for the return trip. Or, ride from one overnight accommodation to the next and have them haul your luggage. However you want to ride, they’re here to help!

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!

We’re also pretty familiar with the elevation on this trail, and the areas to park and even swim if you like. Call us! 218-749-8161.

Fun Fact – Trail Towns on the Mesabi Iron Range:

  1. Hibbing
  2. Chisholm
  3. Buhl
  4. Kinney
  5. Mountain Iron
  6. Virginia
  7. Eveleth
  8. Gilbert
  9. Biwabik
  10. Aurora

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