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Inspirational Outdoor Travel Up North

During this uncertain time of COVID-19 outbreak pandemic, we would like to share some inspiration outdoor travel up north in Grand Rapids, MN for when people are ready to travel again. Grand Rapids, Minnesota is perfectly located in the middle of Minnesota’s northwoods, among a million acres of public accessible acres to enjoy an abundance of outdoor recreation. In the meantime we wish you family good health and peace.

World Class Mountain Biking

Tioga Recreation Area is a NEW world class mountain biking trail system that is located on 500 acres of mix forest. The trails are multi level and perfect for every family member. There are a wide variety of terrain and skills areas to enjoy. If you do not own a bike, don’t worry, Ardent Bicycles in Grand Rapids rents both mountain bikes and fat tire bikes for adults and youth. Tioga also has other outdoor recreation opportunities like paddling sports and fishing on Tioga Mine Pit and Pokegama Lake. Paddle Hoppers in Grand Rapids offers 1/2 day and full day rentals of canoes, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks. For additional biking resources click HERE.

Hiking in Minnesota’s Nature

With over a million public acres of forest land to enjoy there are many places to take a hike in Minnesota’s nature. Grand Rapids is the perfect place to hike in solitude. You can hike for miles and not meet anyone on the trail. Just you and nature to enjoy the simple beauty of the forests. Here are some places to hike we suggest that are all located in the Chippewa National Forest: Simpson Creek, Suomi Hills, and Lost Forty. For additional hiking resources click HERE.

1,000 Grand Lakes

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is surrounded by 1,000 Grand Lakes! Grand Rapids is also a Mississippi River town, where the mighty Mississippi flows right through the middle of town. With all of these lakes there is an abundance of opportunity to paddle, boat, fish and just float in the Grand Rapids area. Don’t own a boat, kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board, no worries! R&R Rental and Grand Rapids Marine rents fishing boats and pontoons. Paddle Hoppers rents stand up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. A great place to fish from land is at the Grand Rapids Area Library fishing pier on the Mississippi River. You can check out fishing poles and all youth receive a free fishing tackle kit to take home. Get additional information about 1,000 Grand Lakes.

Drive Our Scenic Byways

In the Grand Rapids area there are two designated Scenic Byways: Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway and Avenue of Pines Scenic Byway. The edge of the wilderness is 47 miles in legnth that connects Grand Rapids, Marcell, Bigfork and Effie, Minnesota. This scenic byway is the perfect drive on motorcycle because of its slower speed limit, rolling hills, winding curves and beautiful scenary of forests and lakes. The Avenue of Pines is approximately 47 miles in length that runs from Deer River to Northome, Minnesota. Along the byway you will view nearly 400 year old pine trees. On both byways there are many restaurants, bars, resorts and other vacation rental lodging opportunities.

ATV In Our Forests

You will find over 300 miles of ATV/OHV trails in the Grand Rapids, MN area. There is something very special about being able to get further into the forest on a designated ATV/OHV trails where you can get an up close and personal vantage point of Minnesota nature and wildlife. Download the Itasca County ATV Trail Map in a pdf format or order one from Visit Grand Rapids by emailing: For additional ATV/OHV resources click HERE.

Check Out Interactive Visitor Guide

We are partnered with ISSU to provided our guide in a fully interactive resource guide where the content is linked for additional information to help you plan a vacation up north to Minnesota’s nature. Click HERE to view this interactive version. Download the pdf version or request the official Grand Rapids Visitor Guide to be mailed to you:

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