Gitchi-Gami State Trail
This 86-mile trail will connect five state parks, four Scientific and Natural Areas, and numerous historic sites and communities. Currently over 29 miles of the trail are complete (paved) in various segments, the longest of which is the 14.6 mile segment connecting Gooseberry Falls State Park northeast to the town of Beaver Bay. While you travel alongside scenic Highway 61, which connects Two Harbors to Grand Marais near the Minnesota-Canada border, you will travel through birch and aspen forests, cross numerous cascades and waterfalls, pass through charming and historic towns, have access to beaches of Lake Superior and experience breathtaking views of Lake Superior. The trail is open to hiking, biking, in-line skating and cross-country skiing. For more information on which segments of the trail are complete and what amenities exist along the trail, visit our website at www.mndnr.gov/statetrails.
For more information on the trail and events taking place, visit the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association at www.ggta.org/.
The trail generally follows the Lake Superior shoreline and parallels the North Shore Scenic Drive in many locations. It accesses several key locations, including Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, Twin Points Landing and Iona’s Beach, Temperance River and Lutsen Mountain Recreation Area. More segments of trail are being planned and constructed each year. The primary stretches of trail now include Gooseberry Falls State Park to Silver Bay (one very short gap exists just east of Beaver Bay), and Schroeder to Lutsen (there is a 1.1 mile gap in Tofte). Other shorter stretches of trail exist at Silver Creek Cliff and Grand Marais.
Easy with Some Moderately Strenous Sections