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Fall Adventures Up North in Minnesota

Grand Rapids is a rural Up North destination in Minnesota where you can find a lot of safe social distance adventures. An easy drive via Hwy 2 from east and west and Hwy 169 via south and north. Grand Rapids is close enough to be convenient and far enough away to provide a real escape. Blaze new trails in Grand Rapids, Minnesota this fall to find adventure as well as relaxation.


Grand Rapids has over a million public acres to access for outdoor recreation. These forests surrounding Grand Rapids are mixed with deciduous and coniferous trees. This makes our area beautiful in the fall with mixed fall color foliage. From the red maples to the golden tamaracks the colors are stunning hues of reds, orange, yellow and brown. Check out the Grand Rapids, MN Area  Lodging properties that are all situated within minutes of Minnesota’s forest areas.


Grand Rapids has over 2,000 miles of trails, 1,400 area lakes and over 1 million public accessible forest land to enjoy outdoor adventures on.

HIKING trails that we suggest are located in the Chippewa National Forest: Suomi Hills, Simpson Creek, and Lost Forty. All of these are family friendly, and well maintained and mapped trails. All of these trails offer places to park and a great opportunity for you to get up close and personal with nature. While on your hike, you will view stunning hardwood fall colors, northern Minnesota wildlife like chipmunks, squirrels, deer, eagles, hawks, and many northern Minnesota song birds. A wonderful way to relax and experience northern Minnesota forests.

If you are looking for more adventure than relaxation, then we suggest our ATV/OHV trails that we suggest are the Balsam to Bigfork Trail and the Blandin UPM Trail that will take you to Hill City. Both of these trails are hardwood and pine wooded trails that lead to area restaurants to eat and drink. If you don’t own an ATV, no worries, give R&R Rental a call to rent one of their side by sides.

Maybe you prefer exploring on two wheels. There is a lot of BIKING opportunities in the Grand Rapids, MN area. We suggest Mesabi Trail for a paved trail, and the Tioga Recreation Area for a world-class multi-level, terrain and skills course mountain biking. If you do not own a bike or you don’t have a way to transport your bike, no worries, give Ardent Bicycles a call.

And then there is water recreation that is wonderful in the fall. With over 1,400 lakes in the Grand Rapids, MN area, there is a lot of opportunity to fish, boat, and paddle. If you don’t own a boat, don’t worry check out our Lakes & Fishing page for rental opportunities. Paddling the Mississippi River in the fall is a stunning time of year. The fall hardwoods shimmering against the water creates a kaleidoscope of colors that is simply breathtaking. If you don’t own a canoe or kayak, no worries, give Paddle Hoppers a call.


The Grand Rapids, Minnesota area has many locally owned restaurants and bars that offer one of a kind northern cuisine. Enjoy our two local breweries, our wine bar and other local bars that offer live music every weekend. You will find that our dining establishments offer a wide variety of specialty beverages, small plates, and hearty meals to fill your appetite. There are a lot of nightlife entertainment options each week; so be sure to check out our Events Calendar before you arrive. Find places to EAT & DRINK.

Looking for additional information about the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area, download our interactive Visitor Guide HERE. Check out our Fall Leaves Tour Guide HERE that gives you suggested routes that showcase area attractions, lodging and parks along the route.

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