Best Minnesota ATV Trails

Minnesota has 33 all terrain vehicle rides.

  September 17, 2018

Located in the US, the ATV trails in Minnesota offers over thirty ATV trail routes from which to choose. The best Minnesota ATV trails based on popularity are considered to be Southeast ATV Trail, Iron Range OHV Recreation Area, Fort Ripley Trail, Elm Creek ATV Trail, and Red Top ATV Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Minnesota ATV trails trail below.

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Minnesota ATV Trails Resources


Iron Range OHV Recreation Area

Southeast Gilbert in northeast Minnesota, the 1,200 acre Iron Range OHV Recreation Area has routes open to ATV riding. About half of the site is mineland, including inactive iron ore pits, ore stockpiles and tailings basins. This area was mined until 1981. The landscape has been dramatically altered by the extraction of iron ore, creating sizeable lakes, ore stockpiles, overburden piles, tailings basins and impoundments. Much of the mined area has revegetated naturally. The northern portion of the site will contain the majority of proposed OHV activity.  MORE INFO

Fort Ripley Trail

Southwest of Brainerd near Little Falls, the Fort Ripley Trail and Ripley Trail Connection is a 22.9 mile ATV trail located in Crow Wing County. The trail lies just a few miles southwest of the city of Brainerd. The Ripley Trail is surrounded by scenic pine and oak trees.  MORE INFO

Alborn / Pengilly ATV Trail

Northeast of Grand Rapids in St Louis and Itasca Counties near Pengilly, the Alborn / Pengilly ATV Trail is a 42 mile route along an old railroad grade. The route runs from Alborn to Pengilly. The trail has been developed and maintained by the Range Riders ATV Club.  MORE INFO

Blue Ox ATV Trail

In the Pine Island State Forest of Koochiching County, the Blue Ox ATV Trail is a 64 mile route. The Blue Ox ATV trail uses an abandoned railroad grade with a narrow top, and, in many places, the trail is only slightly above the surrounding ground level. Traversing vast stretches of black spruce swamps and upland aspen stands, the trail provides a scenic ride any season of the year.  MORE INFO

Forest Riders ATV Trail

Northwest of Park Rapids in the Two Inlets State Forest, the Forest Riders ATV Trail is a 50 mile route open to ATV riding. The trail system is maintained by the Forest Riders ATV Club.  MORE INFO

Moose River Trail

Southwest of Grand Rapids near Remer in Land O Lakes State Forest, the Moose River Trail system has 25 miles open to ATV riding. The system consists of 4 loops.  MORE INFO

Agassiz Recreation Trails

Near Fertile, the Agassiz Recreation Trail is a 32 mile multiple use trail along an old railroad grade generally parallel to SR32. The southern end of the trail is in Ulen and the northern end is in Fertile. The route passes through the towns of Syre, Twin Valley and Gary. It runs through grass praires and mixed forests, with an occasional bear or moose.  MORE INFO

Appleton OHV Park

West of Minneapolis and east of Appleton in Swift County, the Appleton Area Recreation Park has 9 miles of trails open to ATV riding. The trail system has something for everyone from beginner to expert.  MORE INFO

Thistledew ATV Trail

Northwest of Duluth near Nashwauk in the George Washington State Forest, the Thistledew ATV Trail consists of approximate 30 miles of trail riding located in the heart of the George Washington State Forest. ATV trails wind through scenic Norway and white pine, with birding and wildlife viewing opportunities.  MORE INFO