Featured HIKING TRAILS
Near Cass Lake in the Chippewa National Forest, a 68 mile stretch of the North Country Trail passes through the Chippewa National Forest. The west end is 5 miles west of Walker and the est end is nine mile east of Remer. The hiking trail threads around numerous lakes, wetlands and hardwood forests. While the eastern portion is flat, the western section is rolling.
North of Grand Rapids in the Suomi Hills Recreation Area, the Suomi Hills Trail is a 21 mile hilly backcountry trek weaving among lakes. The hiking route is through rugged, heavily timbered terrain with numerous lakes.
South of Red Wing in the Richard J Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest, the Hay Creek Trails consist of several interconnecting loops totaling 17 miles. The hiking trails can be rugged and steep and are very remote.
South of Bemidji and the Mississippi headwaters, the Paul Bunyan State Forest has over 100 miles of trails and roads. The hiking trails are not marked. There are three nice loop trails worth checking out: Beaver Lakes Trail loop (6.9 miles), Thorpe Tower Loop (9 miles) and Pine View Trail loop (7.6 miles).
Northeast of Virginia and Biwabik in the Superior National Forest, the 5.2 mile Laurentian Trail is a rolling backcountry route located near the Silver Trail in the Giants Ridge Recreation Area. The hiking trail flows through rich aspen and pine forests.
South of Duluth and southwest of Marksville in Pine County, the St Croix State Forest has 25 miles of trails. The hiking trails can be accessed by either campground and runs from Boulder Campground along the west bank of the Tamarack River, past the equestrian campground, crosses the river and then parallels the river in a southerly direction to Pine Point near the confluence of the Tamarack and the St. Croix Rivers.
Southwest of Grand Rapids and north of Outing, the Washburn Lake Solitude Area has a 20+ mile trail system open to hiking. The hiking trail system consists of numerous loops winding through rolling hills and small ponds.
Northeast of Ely and north of Grand Marias in the Superior National Forest, the Border Route Trail is a 75 mile route through dense forest filled with moose and wolves. The hiking route is broken into three sections. The east trailhead is located at Partridge Falls Road outside of Grand Portage. The west trailhead is off Gunflint Trail Road (CR12).
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.
Northwest of Duluth and Virginia, the McCarthy Beach State Park has 9 miles of trails through deeply wooded forest. The hiking trails follow rolling ridge lines on moraines between lakes and ponds.