Biking around Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a way to connect with small-town charm that is surrounded by Minnesota’s nature. Grand Rapids has 15 miles of biking paths to ride in the city limits. In addition to this, Grand Rapids is the western trailhead for the Mesabi Trail. In additional to paved trail biking Grand Rapids also has off-road biking options that include single track and forest trail biking for mountain bikers. In Grand Rapids, you could bike around for an entire week.
In Town Biking
Get Fit Itasca has created bicycle friendly bike paths for residents and visitors to enjoy. Our sidewalks are wide and the city has designated biking shoulders on several streets that allow for bicycle safe riding. Get Fit Itasca also helped to get Grand Rapids designated as a bronze bicycle friendly city granted by the League of American Bicyclists. You can find City of Grand Rapids Bike Trail Map HERE. Grand Rapids also has a Bike Share program that is available to check-out bikes for no cost. These bikes are located at the City Hall, Library, Itasca Community College, and YMCA.
The Mesabi Trail is a 135 miles paved bike trail that goes from Grand Rapids to Ely, Minnesota. It is a wonderful way to see old mine overlooks, cross swing bridges, ride around tamarack bogs, and among tall pine trees. Along the way, you are sure to see many different species of Minnesota wildlife. You can take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Mesabi Trail to get a feel for what you will experience. You can decide how long you would like to ride. A wheel pass is required to ride the Mesabi Trail. Wheel passes are $15 for a year or $5 for a 3-day pass. In Grand Rapids, you can purchase at Glen’s Army Navy, Green Heron Bed & Breakfast, Itasca Trail Sports, and Timberlake Lodge Hotel. The passes are also available to purchase ONLINE.
Mountain Biking & Fat Tire Biking Trails
If you are seeking more off-road biking, we also have single track mountain bike trails. The Legion Trail is located at the parking lot of The Reif Center just north of the center of town. This 5.9-mile loop is a fun, twisty trail through pine forests with punchy climbs. Other places to mountain bike are at the Forest History Center (with paid admission or free with MN Historical Society Membership), Suomi Hills Trail in the Chippewa National Forest, and Joyce Estates, also located in the Chippewa National Forest. The other mountain bike trail that is under construction is the Tioga Recreation Area. They currently have 6 miles completed, with limited riding until they finish construction. Tentative Grand Opening of this trail is Spring of 2020. For future updates, you can check out the Tioga Recreation website. When complete this will be 30 miles of single track mountain bike trail that will have all levels of riding opportunities.
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