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Grand Rapids is the Outdoor Recreation Mecca of Northern Minnesota

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Grand Rapids is the Outdoor Recreation Mecca of Northern Minnesota

Over 2,000 miles of trails and over 1,400 lakes to make memories on!

Grand Rapids, Minnesota, is a hidden gem. Located in northeastern Minnesota, this small-town boosts charm and is surrounded by woods and water. Grand Rapids is where the nature of the community reflects and complements the splendor and strength of the outdoors. It is a place where you can find your ideal balance. Whether you are looking for a place to ride or boat, there is a trail, lake or river to enjoy your favorite outdoor recreation or sport.

LAND TRAILS

Grand Rapids is fortunate to have the Chippewa National Forest, George Washington State Forest, Scenic State Park, Avenue of Pines Scenic Byway, Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway and UPM Blandin Forests that make up over 1 million acres of public-accessible land for hiking, biking, hunting, ATV riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Below are several world-class trail systems for you to explore.

Suomi Hills

Unpaved and remote, these 19 miles of groomed trails offer hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The rolling topography offers intermediate and advanced mountain bike and cross-country ski trails. Located 23 miles north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Tioga Recreation Area

Over 20 miles of professional, machine-built cross-country, downhill flow and expert trails with options for the whole family. These 500 wooded acres are the newest premier outdoor recreation area providing mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, paddling and fishing opportunities. 

Legion Trail

This mainly hand-cut trail is fun, flowy and twisty in a northwoods forest just outside of downtown Grand Rapids, and it’s within pedaling distance of classic  style cabins and a seasonal RV campground, Loon’s Landing Resort (which offers classic-style cabins) and Jessie View Resort (which also offers classic-style cabins and a campground). This northern lake is the perfect place to seek solitude and relaxation.


RENTALS

Don’t have outdoor recreation equipment or don’t want the hassle of traveling with it? Several places let you borrow a bike or rent outdoor recreation equipment so you can enjoy Grand Rapids’ outdoor trails.

Ardent Bicycles – Sells, services and rents mountain bikes, fat-tire bikes, snowshoes, cross-country skis, skate skis, helmets, bike parts and equipment, outdoor gear, and more.

Contact: Peter Gustafson

Address: 951 NW 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: 218-999-5470 

Website: ardentbicycles.com

FREE Bicycles – Get Fit Itasca offers a bike borrowing program that requires just registering and leaving your photo ID. Borrow at these locations:

Grand Rapids City Hall

Address: 420 N Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: 218-326-7600

Website: cityofgrandrapidsmn.com

Itasca YMCA

Address: 400 River Rd, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: 218-327-1161

Website: ymcaitasca.org

Grand Rapids Area Library

Address: 140 NE 2nd St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: 218-326-7640

Website: cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library 

Grand Rapids Marine – Sells, services and rents fishing boats and pontoons.

Address: 2810 Elida Dr, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: 218-326-0351

Website: grandrapidsmarine.com/boat-rentals 

Paddle Hoppers – Sells, services and rents kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, paddles, life jackets and other paddle equipment.

Contact: Holli Busching

Address: 17 Co Rd 63, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: 218-326-5853

Website: paddlehoppers.com/ 

R&R Rental – Recreation rentals: kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, canoes, wakeboards, water tubes, Jet Skis, pontoons and fishing boats.

Address: 20760 US-169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: 218-999-7638

Website: rrrental.com/ 

 

Plan your next trip to Grand Rapids at visitgrandrapids.com

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