Northeastern Minnesota Hiking
With over 320,000 acres of the Superior National Forest and the glacial ridges of the Laurentian Divide, the Iron Trail is one of the most scenic hiking destinations in the Midwest. Over 175 miles of hiking trails and pristine wilderness offer hikers a truly memorable and diverse experience. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking for an afternoon walk in the forest, we offer trails to fit everyone’s experience and adventure. View soaring eagles, explore rushing river gorges and scenic lake trails, enjoy plump blueberries or walk through giant stands of three-hundred-year-old white pine trees. Sighting a moose or bald eagle is a common experience here. The area is home to 155 nesting birds and 40 species of wildlife. Fall brings unbelievable autumn colors and fresh fragrance to our forests; perfect for an afternoon hike.
Popular casual recreation trails include Bear Head Lake State Park, Big Aspen Recreation Area, McCarthy Beach State Park, Laurentian Divide, Lookout Mountain, Giants Ridge, and Carey Lake. The Mesabi TrailSM is a paved trail that currently spans over 70 miles. Access points are available in the Iron Trail communities in Hibbing, Chisholm, Buhl, Mt. Iron, Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert, Biwabik and Aurora. The trail provides an unbelievably scenic walk or leisurely evening stroll between communities. There is a 50 mile continuos trail paved between Nashwauk and Eveleth on the Iron Trail.
Wilderness trails such as Bird Lake, Otto Harris Lake, Peloquin Wildlife Management Area, Thistledew Lake and Sturgeon River provide great outdoor adventure. The Superior National Forest Scenic Byway from Silver Bay to Hoyt Lakes offers traveler’s many easy walking trails, wildlife viewing impoundments and great direct access to unbelievable wilderness scenery. Make sure to bring a camera and binoculars.
Contact phone numbers are listed on the hiking grid below for individual maps and specific information.
For all the paths you travel in life, make sure some of them are dirt. We remind you, take only pictures and leave only footprints and enjoy our nature and hiking trails. We invite you to discover why the Iron Trail is “A Great Way to Getaway!”
|Bear Head Lake State Park||Soudan||17||
|Big/Stone Lake||Hoyt Lakes||2||218-229-8800|
|Bird Lake||Hoyt Lakes||9||218-229-8800|
|Camp Four Lake||Buhl||0.3||218-229-8800|
|Hoyt Lakes||Hoyt Lakes||3.4||218-225-2344|
|Jenkins Creek||Hoyt Lakes||4||218-229-8800|
|North Dark River||Virginia||2||218-229-8800|
|McCarthy Beach State Park||Side Lake||18||218-254-7979|
|Otto/Harris Lake||Hoyt Lakes||8||218-229-8800|
|South Dark River||Virginia||2||218-229-8800|
|St. Louis River||Hoyt Lakes||4||218-229-8800|
|White Pine Interpretive||Toimi||.2||218-229-8800|
|Mesabi TrailSM||Land of Mesabi||70||877-637-2241|
|Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort||Biwabik||65||800-688-7669|