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Map of the Mesabi Trail

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Mesabi Trail

Mesabi Trail Minnesota map area

Mesabi Trail

LENGTH:

75 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Grand Rapids, Coleraine, Bovey, Taconite, Marble, Calumet, Jurgenson, Pengilly, Nashwauk, Keewatin, Hibbing, Chisholm, Buhl, Mountain Iron, Virginia, Gilbert, Eveleth, Biwabik

HIGHLIGHTS:

multiple lakes, wetlands, rural Minnisota communities, old open pit mines

RELATED LINKS:

Regional Trails

The Mesabi Trail is a 75-mile long paved trail that extends from Grand Rapids to McKinley in Northeastern Minnesota. The paved pathway for the trail is mostly continuous, but there are on-street sections in many of the towns that it passes through.

There are also other section of the Mesabi Trail. One section is located 3.5 miles northeast of McKinley, starting just east of the community of Biwabik. Another branch of the trail extends from Gilbert to the southwest, going past Eveleth and reaching down to the Fayal Township Community Center on Ely Lake Road.

Much of the route of the Mesabi Trail was constructed along abandoned railway beds, but there are some steeper and windier sections as well.

The trail goes through thick forest and past several lakes. It also passes through several small communities and goes through both Itasca County and Lake County. Numerous overlooks along the way allow you to take a break with a view.

Conditions

The Mesabi Trail is paved for its entire length. In months without snow, the trail is open for non-motorized uses such as bike riding, walking and running. A Minnesota Wheel Pass is required for all cyclists over the age of 18.

There are gaps in the Mesabi Trail within several of the towns along the way. Trail users will be required to use local streets to get to the next section of the trail.

Communities

The Mesabi Trail goes past the following communities: Grand Rapids, Coleraine, Bovey, Taconite, Marble, Calumet, Jurgenson, Pengilly, Nashwauk, Keewatin, Hibbing, Chisholm, Buhl, Mountain Iron, Virginia, Gilbert, Eveleth and Biwabik.

Points of Interest

The Mesabi Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Crystal Lake
Buckeye Lake
Trout Lake
Vandyke Elementary School
Greenway Senior High School
Conner-Jasper Middle School
Traconite Community Center
Hill Annex Mine State Park
Snowball Lake Wayside Park
Ox Hide Lake
Nashwauk Secondary School
Nashwauk Recreation Center
Keewatin Elementary School
Bennett Park
Minnesota Discovery Center
Longyear Lake
Mesabi Academy
Buhl High School
Olcott Park
Mesabi Range Community & Technical College
Bailey Lake
Pepelnjak Southside Park
Fayal Township Community Center
Emabarass Lake Wayside Park
End Points

The Wasabi Trail has numerous gaps within the small towns along the route.

The southwest end of the Wasabi Trail is located at NE 14th Street and Crystal Lake Boulevard in Grand Rapids.

The northeast end of the trail is located at Route 135 and Heritage Trail in Gilbert.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Mesabi Trail located in Northeastern Minnesota.

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