What Makes Grand Rapids ATV Trails Special
The experience of riding ATV in the forest is exhilarating. You will be able to get deeper into wilderness than you have ever before on foot. You will see lots of wildlife like: birds, deer and other creatures that call the forest home. The Grand Rapids area has over 300 miles of well maintained ATV trails. These trails are build and maintained by local ATV Clubs. You will find trails are rated easy to moderate riding level. All ATV/OHV trails in the Grand Rapids area are open by May 15th. In addition to the 300+ miles of designated ATV trails, you can ride on Forest Roads in the Chippewa National Forest and UPM Blandin Forest, and Itasca County Roads (with exception to County Road 75 – leads into Scenic State Park). You can also ride ATV within the City of Grand Rapids (except for the Downtown Business District of Pokegama Ave and 1st Avenue).
Here are a couple of ATV/OHV Trails to consider riding in the Grand Rapids, MN area:
UPM Blandin ATV Trail
The Rapids Riders ATV Club maintains this connection of trails that are located south of Grand Rapids, known as the UPM Blandin ATV/OHM Trail. Along this ride you will find thick canopy of coniferous trees that makes you feel like you are riding in a tunnel. Over wooden bridges and sharp corners. You can access this trail system on Smith Drive parking lot area approximately 9 miles south of Grand Rapids on Hwy 169 South. From here you can ride south to Hill City. This route is approximately 30 miles from Smith Creek to Hill City. In Hill City you will find a couple of gas stations, a couple of bars/grills and one cafe. A nice day ride.
B & B ATV Trail
This ATV trail connects Balsam, MN to Bigfork, MN. The Wilderness Wheelers ATV Club maintains this trail. This trail is 42 miles in length, and is rated easy riding. This route winds through wooded areas, along bog areas, around lakes and rivers. On both ends of the trail you will find gas, groceries, public restrooms, and restaurants. You can start on either end and then do a complete circle back to your starting place. This is a nice day ride. Another trail you can access off of this system is the Little Moose Trail which is another 18 mile trail to ride. This is a nice 1/2 day ride.
Alvwood Squaw Lake & Blue Ox Trail
In Squaw Lake, Alvwood and Max area you can ride for several days and over 200 miles of ATV trails that include designated wooded trail, Chippewa National Forest roads and Itasca County roads. The Alvwood Squaw Lake ATV Club and Chippewa National Forest maintains these trails. Some roads lead to Lake Winnie. Along the trail you will find gas stations, public restrooms, bars and restaurants. The uniqueness that you will experience on these trails and forest roads is the tall pines and endless wilderness. This can be several days of riding.
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