Taconite State Trail

Taconite/ArrowheadTrail Location
Map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (370Kb)

check box Rest area
Check box Fishing
Check box Camping
Check box Swimming

hiking Hiking
Horseback Riding Horseback riding
Biking Biking
In-line Skating In-line skating
Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
Mountain Biking Mountain biking
Wheelchair access Wheelchair access
(electric wheelchairs allowed)

The Taconite State Trail stretches 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely and intersects with the Arrowhead State Trail just west of Lake Vermillion. The first 6 miles from Grand Rapids are paved for biking and in-line skating. The remainder of the natural surface trail is used primarily for snowmobiling in the winter. The trail goes through a few areas that have standing water in the summer, however portions of the trail are suitable for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

The Taconite Trail winds through forests of birch and aspen intertwined with pine, leading the visitor by many isolated lakes and streams. From Grand Rapids heading north, you see the impact of the taconite and iron mining industry. The northern portion of the trail terrain is rolling and tree covered as it winds through state and national forest land.

Eight trail waysides and picnic facilities offer scenic vistas of the hills, lakes and rivers of this area. The trail also links three state parks: Bear Head Lake, Soudan Underground Mine, and McCarthy Beach. The landscape in and around Bear Head Lake State Park is very rolling and rocky.


view a printable version

There are currently no event listings.

Find more events.

Nearby DNR recreational areas

Arrowhead State Trail, George Washington State Forest, Sturgeon River State Forest, Bear Island State Forest, McCarthy Beach State Park, Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Bear Head Lake State Park, St. Louis River Water Trail, Vermilion River Water Trail, Big Fork River Water Trail, Mississippi River Water Trail.

Other nearby recreational opportunities

Superior National Forest, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Chippewa National Forest.