When the Gitchi Gami State Trail is completed, it will have 89 miles of paved recreational trail for anyone to enjoy. It will range from Two Harbors all the way to Grand Marais and be open to a variety of recreational uses like biking, jogging, walking, and inline skating. It will be a beautiful way for people to explore the North Shore and still get exercise while doing so!
As of now, 29 miles are complete, including some segments from Silver Bay to Beaver Bay and some found between Tofte and Lutsen. This year (2021) another section was completed connecting Grand Marais to the Cutface Creek rest area. With this trail in development and the wide shoulders on highway 61, the North Shore is becoming a perfect place for bikers to get out and enjoy a safe, scenic ride.
One of the best parts of the trail is that it will connect five state parks, four natural areas, and several historic sites. Unlike some trails, the Gitchi-Gami Trail requires no fee (although some areas, like state parks, may require a parking permit).
Bicycle tune-up stations are located at Gooseberry Falls State Park behind the visitor center and at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park near the park office. Several restrooms are available at each of the state parks and in each community along the route.
Parking is available in Two Harbors on the east side of the Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel off MN 61. Take I-35 to Exit 259. Merge onto MN 61 N./London Road, and go 29.4 miles northeast. Just after you go through the tunnel, the parking will be on your right. Additional parking can be found in Gooseberry Falls State Park. In Silver Bay, adjacent to Rukavina (hockey) Arena on Outer Drive. Also at Temperance River State Park and on the city streets in Grand Marais.
For more information, check Gitchi Gami State Trail map