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 an 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. No construction has been done in the past three years due to the lack of funding, but the hopeful individuals volunteering to make this dream a reality are determined to finish the project soon. 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 scientific and 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 have been installed at Gooseberry Falls State Park behind the visitor center along the trail and at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park near the park office. Restrooms are available at each of the state parks along the trail and in each town or 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, at Temperance River State Park and on the city streets in Grand Marais.
For more information, check Gitchi Gami State Trail map