From spring to summer, fall to winter, here on America’s North Coast, every season comes with a whole new set of opportunities. Test your sense of adventure. Stretch your ability to surprise yourself. Make a new memory. Heck, make a thousand. Go ahead. We know you can do it.
From meandering paved trails to pupil-dilating downhill screamers, biking opportunities here include:
Gitchi Gami State Trail. When completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail will be an 86 mile non-motorized, paved trail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais, Minnesota, connecting communities, state parks and attractions along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The 5 miles of trail between Schroeder and Tofte takes you through woodland glades, a view of Carlton Peak, past Tofte Town Park, and over thrilling waterfalls at Temperance River State Park. The 2 mile section from Tofte east to the Onion River is an easy ride parallel to Highway 61.
Pincushion Mountain Recreation Area. Offers single track and other trails along a variety of well-marked loops that vary in length and difficulty.
Other favorite rides:
Temperance River State Park Segment of the Gitchi Gami State Trail
Forest Service Roads
Here, there’s no shortage of great wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether you’re a serious birder or just like the idea of seeing a moose rumbling through the woods, we’ve got your ticket to the nature show.
The National Scenic Byways have designated North Shore Scenic Drive, a 154 mile stretch of road from Duluth to the Canadian border, as a “must see.” One look, and you’ll see what they mean.
The remote Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway passes through the boreal forest adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and provides plentiful opportunities for spotting moose and other wildlife.
Rising from some of the oldest rocks on earth, the ancient Sawtooth Mountain Range rises sharply—providing 100-mile vistas in all directions. In addition to stunning ascents, plunging valleys and breathtaking views around every corner, favorite hiking options include:
The Superior Hiking Trail. Backpacker Magazine rates the 200 mile Superior Hiking Trail as one of the nation’s “10 prime trails that leave all others in the dust.”
Tettegouche State Park
George Crosby Manitou State Park
Temperance River State Park
Cascade River State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center
Oberg Mountain Loop
Lodge to Lodge Hiking