RIDE MINNESOTA’S PREMIER PAVED BICYCLE TRAIL
It’s a bike trail like no other! View map.
Travel 135 miles from the Mississippi River to the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Bicycle or hike through the Superior National Forest and over the Laurentian Continental Divide. Imagine a day of sunshine and a path to explore nature and the 28 communities nestled along the way.
The Mesabi Trail is one of Minnesota’s longest paved bicycle trails. It traverses fields, streams, lakes, bogs and forests along its path from Grand Rapids, across the Mesabi Iron Range, to Ely. Our name comes from the Ojibwa Native Americans who made their home along many parts of the Trail. Our fame comes from what your adventure may reveal.
It’s a ride you won’t forget, filled with historic sites, not to mention a string of small towns with a TON of charm.
Pick up your Wheel Pass, put on your helmet, and hit the trail! Check out the official Mesabi Trail website to learn about current trail construction progress, potential detours and the places you’ll be passing!
During your ride, explore turn of the century logging at the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, view the “Grand Canyon of the North” – the world’s largest open pit mine in Hibbing, land as an immigrant to find your fortune at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, cycle across the tallest bridge in Minnesota in Virginia, traverse a bog via a 3/4 mile long floating bridge in Embarrass, ride over 2,000 feet down a mine shaft to your work station at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park, or share our common bonds with the natural world at the Ely International Wolf Center.
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Looking for even more adventure? Join the Mesabi Trail Tour on the first Saturday of August, for a family-friendly ride on an amazing trail!
Lodge to Lodge Trips
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bike your way through a Minnesota vacation? Do it with ease by utilizing the Mesabi Trail’s Lodge to Lodge trips. Their great team will custom design the perfect getaway to suit your personality and style – a family trip, camping outing, or a romantic trip through the Iron Range.
They will walk you through picking the right lodging on the Iron Range, organize shuttles for your luggage and necessities, pack box lunches along the trail ride, and provide a final shuttle service to return you and your bicycles to your vehicle when your trip has been completed.
All you have to do is get on your bike and start pedaling – enjoying life in northern Minnesota.