Biking Trails in Northern Minnesota

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The Resort Road & Off Road Trails

Many guests will just ride their bikes down the resort road.  At the end of our driveway turn right on the gravel road (county road 310), you can bike for a couple miles along this road before it ends at private homes.  County Road 310 has minimal traffic and is all woods for scenery.  Adventurous guests can tackle riding bikes on the snowmobile trails which are accessible from the resort.

Joyce Estates Trail

**Our Favorite hiking & biking trail** A must see!!

In the 1880s, William T. Joyce came to the area and started buying land and timber. The area was logged in the early 1900s and the logs were floated out through the chain of lakes to the prairie river and then to the Mississippi River. About 1918, the heir to the family fortune originating in lumber taken from northern Minnesota, David Joyce of Chicago, surveyed the area around Trout Lake with the intention of building a hunting camp. Over the next 17 years he built a 4,500 acre private resort with 40 buildings, a golf course, private telephone line and airplane hangar. The Joyce Family called this place “Nopeming” (meaning place of rest in Ojibwe). The estate operated as a plush private resort for the Joyce Family until 1972 when it was sold to the Nature Conservancy. The Forest Service subsequently acquired it in 1973.

Visitors can tour the grounds of the Joyce Estate and view the rustic log architecture and stick work characteristic of the Adirondack tradition.

Over 95% of the shoreline of Trout Lake is undeveloped. Be sure to walk out to the end of the point at the Joyce Estate and stand on the sandbar. It’s like standing in the middle of the lake. There’s a toilet just beyond the old main lodge.

We recommend taking a lunch along and eating in the Joyce Estate area. There are several nice spots to sit along the lake, or you can take the steps up the hill just beyond the main lodge to a grassy area overlooking the lake. There are also some walk-in campsites along the lake next to the road leading to the Joyce Estate. Allow 1 hour to walk in, 1 hour to walk out, and 30-60 minutes to enjoy the area and eat lunch.  It will take about 30 minutes to drive from the resort to the north parking area.

Total Biking Distance: 5 miles round trip

Joyce Estates information and estate map – we will give you direction on how to get there (only 25 minutes from resort, between the resort and Grand Rapids – well worth it!!)

Trout Lake information and map – with other hiking trails

The Taconite State Trail

Stretches 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely and intersects with the Arrowhead State Trail just west of Lake Vermillion. The first 6 miles from Grand Rapids are paved for biking and in-line skating. The remainder of the natural surface trail is used primarily for snowmobiling in the winter. The trail goes through a few areas that have standing water in the summer, however portions of the trail are suitable for hiking, and mountain biking.  No fees or passes are required to use the trail.

The Taconite Trail winds through forests of birch and aspen intertwined with pine, leading the visitor by many isolated lakes and streams. From Grand Rapids heading north, you see the impact of the taconite and iron mining industry. The northern portion of the trail terrain is rolling and tree covered as it winds through state and national forest land.

Eight trail waysides and picnic facilities offer scenic vistas of the hills, lakes and rivers of this area. The trail links to state parks: Bear Head Lake, Soudan Underground Mine, and McCarthy Beach. The landscape in and around Bear Head Lake State Park is very rolling and rocky.

Getting There: Take the resort road and gravel road back out to the paved highway (Co. Rd. 52) and turn left (south). Go about 4 miles until you reach a stop sign (Co. Rd. 7) and turn left (south). Drive about 3½ miles until you see a road sign for a snowmobile crossing at the top of a rise in the road. Turn right at the top of the rise in the road into a small parking area. (NOTE: Although this is a snowmobile trail, they mow the parking area and parts of the trail during the summer.)

Biking: Cross the highway and follow the trail to the east. You pass through both woods and meadows on this trail, with lots of wildflowers along the trail. After about ¾ mile, you walk down a hill onto a bridge crossing a beautiful clear stream with lots of small fish and hundreds of small clams. Distance is about 1½ miles round trip back to the car.

You can also follow the trail from the parking area to the west. The trail follows an unimproved road through the thick woods.

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The Mesabi Trail

Located in northeastern Minnesota between the cities of Grand Rapids and Biwabik, the Mesabi TrailTM is a premier bicycle trail winding through some of the state’s prettiest regions. When completed, the trail will travel to Ely, traversing 145 miles connecting 28 communities. A superior paved bike trail that is well-mapped and well-maintained, the Mesabi Trail also makes an interesting walking path.

A wheel pass is required for persons ages 18 and over using a wheeled device such as a bicycle, inline skates, motorized carts or wheelchairs. Hikers, joggers and walkers are not required to purchase a pass. The cost of a Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass is $15 for an annual and $5 for a 3 day (any 3 days you choose – they do not have to be consecutive). Revenue from the sale of wheel passes supports the Mesabi Trail… thank you for YOUR support!

Click HERE to buy your wheel pass online