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Entry Points to the North Shore State Snowmobile Trail
Duluth
From 1-35, drive north on 21st Avenue East, then northeast on Woodland Avenue, southeast on Martin Road, right onto to Eagle Lake Road and to the parking area.
Two Harbors
From Hwy 61, drive north on County Road 2 about 8-1/2 miles or ride the 9.6 mile Two Harbors Corridor Trail, which has a trailhead and parking just east of town on Hwy 61

Two Harbors Lodging and Dining
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Enter on Hwy 61 on the northeast side of Gooseberry River; ride 9 miles from park to Corridor Trail.

Gooseberry Falls State Park Area Lodging and Dining
Beaver Bay and Silver Bay
Pick up the Red Dot Trail on Hwy 61 in Beaver Bay; or off Hwy 61 on Outer Drive in Silver Bay; ride 9 to 10 miles to Corridor Trail.

Beaver Bay Lodging and Dining
Silver Bay Lodging and Dining
Tettegouche State Park
Off Hwy 61, the trail departs from the within the park; 9 mile ride from park to Corridor Trail.

Silver Bay Lodging and Dining

Little Marais Lodging and Dining
Finland
From Hwy 61 in Illgen City, drive north on MN Hwy 1 to Finland, or northwest on County Road 6 out of Little Marais to Finland, then east on County Road 7 about 1-1/2 miles.

Little Marais Lodging and Dining
Schroeder
On Hwy 61 and Cross River, ride the North Shore Trail just over 4 miles to Corridor Trail.

Schroeder Lodging and Dining
Tofte
From Hwy 61 in Tofte, drive north on the Sawbill Trail (County Road 2) about 4-1/2 miles to parking area; or, ride the access trail on Hwy 61 just west of Bluefin Bay and ride about 4 miles to Corridor Trail.

Tofte Lodging and Dining
Lutsen
From Hwy 61 in Lutsen, drive north on the Caribou Trail (County Road 4) about 5 miles to parking area.

Lutsen Lodging and Dining
Grand Marais
From Hwy 61 in Grand Marais, drive north on the Gunflint Trail (County Road 12) to County Road 7, then east a few blocks to parking area at 3rd Avenue West

Grand Marais Lodging and Dining

Gunflint Trail Lodging and Dining

Snowmobile Trails
Local North Shore Snowmobile Trails & Descriptions
read left-to-right ... trails from Duluth north along the shore
Duluth Cross Town Trail
West Section
33 miles
 
From I-35, take Hwy 23 to 131st Avenue West or take Grand Avenue to 72nd Avenue West Ride the skyline ridge, around Spirit Mountain and the woodlands behind the zoo. This trail connects to the Willard Munger State Trail which leads south towards Carlton, Minnesota.
Duluth Cross Town Trail
East Section
12 miles

From 1-35, continue to London Road, drive north on 61st Avenue East, which turns into Lester River Road. Snowmobile out of Lester Park into the Hawk Ridge Valley and city woodlands to the start of the North Shore State Trail. 
Taft Trail
A popular local trail that departs the North Shore State Trail 14 miles north out of Duluth and heads west to Island and Fish Lakes, hotspots for riding, fishing and socializing.
Pequaywan Lake Trail
10 miles

Leaving the North Shore State Trail about 20 miles north of Duluth, the Pequaywan heads north into the Cloquet Valley State Forest and connects with the State Forest Trail.
Two Harbors Corridor Trail
9.6 miles
 
From Hwy 61, drive north on County Road 2 about 8 1/2 miles or ride the 9.6 mile Two Harbors Corridor Trail, which has a trailhead and parking just east of town on Hwy 61. Trail brings the rider from town to the State Trail.
Two Harbors Lodging and Dining
Gooseberry State Park Trail
3-9 miles
 
From the old Interpretive Center on the east side of the river, this trail climbs the ridge and connects with the six mile North Shore Access Trail.

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Red Dot Trail
15 miles

The Red Dot loops through Beaver Bay and Silver Bay providing the option of heading north to the North Shore State Trail and Moose Walk Trails or east into Tettegouche State Park.
Tettegouche Trail
10 miles
Sawtooth Trail
15 miles

Both trails explore the backwoods of the State Park crossing Palisade Creek and featuring a scenic overlook of Palisade Valley. Dipping into the forests behind the Sawtooth Range, the trails provide optimal wildlife viewing. Connecting points include the town of Finland, the North Shore State Trail and the Moose Walk Trail.

Moose Walk Trail
15 miles

An ideal picnic spot with its three shelters, the Moose Walk is a giant loop in the Finland State Forest. The northwest portion runs along the East Branch Beaver River then rises to a scenic overlook near Hockamin Creek before rejoining the North Shore State Trail.

Beaver Bay Lodging and Dining
Silver Bay Lodging and Dining

Little Marais Lodging and Dining

Tomahawk Trail
86 miles

Taking its leave at the Lake and Cook County border, the Tomhawk aims four miles north to Crooked Lake to a favorite snowmobile gathering spot, the Crooked Lake Resort. Enroute to Ely, you'll travel the secluded territory of the Superior National Forest. The Tomahawk connects with the Stony Spur and Happy Wanderer Trails.
Lutsen Trail System
67 miles

The Lutsen trail system, named Trails A-F, spans diverse topography. Set just below the ridgeline, the F Trail joins Tofte and Lutsen. Bisecting the F Trail, the E Trail winds behind Oberg Mountain on its way to the North Shore State Trail. Barker Lake Road or the A Trail rolls over heavily timbered land to cross the Poplar River and intersect the North Shore State Trail just south of Barker Lake. A side spur of the A Trail leads to the Village Inn and Restaurant. Passing nearby Caribou, Ward and Deer Yard Lakes, the B, C, and D Trails feature several scenic overlook areas. Access to the Lutsen Trails is available north from Hwy 61 on CR 4 (Caribou Trail) a few miles and at the parking area off Hwy 61 near mile marker 99.

Schroeder Lodging and Dining
Tofte Lodging and Dining

Lutsen Lodging and Dining
 
X Trail
Part of the Gunflint Trail System, the X Trail originates on the North Shore State Trail just after crossing the Cascade River. More details are given under Gunflint Trail System.


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Grand Marais Trail
6 miles

The last leg of the North Shore State Trail is the Grand Marais Trail. A junction on Forest Road 1367 presents the option of riding into town or heading onto the Gunflint Trail System. Currently only a few specific city streets in Grand Marais are open to snowmobiling with a 10 MPH speed limit. Check for other current restrictions at the Cook County Sheriff's Office 218-387-3030

Gunflint Trail System
108 miles

Spectacular touring trails branch north of Devil Track Lake to the Canadian border lake, Saganaga. From the east end of Devil Track, the Gunflint Trail spans the entire area. From the west end of the lake, the X Trail runs parallel to the Gunflint Trail to the point they meet near Poplar River. Several trails connect the two along the way. Riding the Gunflint introduces you to moose, pine marten, Canadian and Blue Jays, and infrequently, timber wolves. You will have a much better chance of seeing wolf sign - tracks and kill sites. Off the Gunflint Trail shortly before it joins the X Trail is the Clearwater Spur leading to Clearwater Lake at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Snowmobiling is not allowed in the BWCAW. You'll be riding in secluded areas, services are available at some lodges on the trail, with a concentration around Poplar Lake, the midway point.

Grand Marais Lodging and Dining
Gunflint Trail Lodging and Dining

Grand Portage Trails
100+ miles

Miles of scenic trails traverse the hilly terrain rising north from Lake Superior. The two main trail centers are located at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino (south of Hwy 61) and at Mineral Center (from Hwy 61, drive north on Mineral Center Rd / Co. Rd. 17 for about 5 miles to the trail center. Trails criss-cross the back country with one trail leading to Ryden's Border Store & Gas Station on the US / Canada border.

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Trail Ethics and Common Sense
Trails cross private and public land and are developed and maintained through a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) Grant-In-Aid program. Local snowmobile groups act in conjunction with the state to create, groom and maintain area trails. Snowmobiling is free of charge in Minnesota as long your snowmobile is registered here, or in your home state or province. A 50 MPH speed limit is in effect unless otherwise posted. 

Snowmobile Rentals

Beaver Bay Sports
218-226-4666
We're adjacent to the North Shore State Trail, Tomahawk Trail & Superior National Forest. Park behind our store, pick up a trail map and ride! You'll find everything you need at our store. We're on Hwy 61 in Beaver Bay, 3 miles from Silver Bay & 25 miles from Lutsen. We've got single sleds and 2-ups.


Steve's Sports in Grand Marais

218-387-1835
We've got single and 2-up sleds for you. Located on Hwy 61 on the east end of Grand Marais. Ride right onto the access trail to the North Shore State Trail, the Gunflint Trail system and the Superior National Forest.

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