Authorized by the Minnesota Legislature in 1974, the Taconite State Trail is located in northeast Minnesota and extends over 145 miles from Ely to Grand Rapids . It passes through Bear Head Lake and McCarthy Beach state parks; as well as Bear Island, George Washington and Sturgeon River state forests. The Taconite State Trail intersects with the Arrowhead State Trail just west of Lake Vermilion. The trail is currently mostly natural surfaced and is available for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling, but is not open to use of off-highway vehicles.
A new master plan was drafted in 2016 which re-examined the uses for the Taconite State Trail, and allows OHV access in conjunction with the rest of its uses. We look forward to implementing the new master plan in the near future!
Check out these DNR pages for more info: