This 8-mile trail in eastern Itasca County follows trails within the George Washington State Forest. Forested areas vary from densely wooded to harvested pine that open to wide views of the surrounding landscape. This trail follows the Taconite State Trail for 2.5 miles where ATVs and OHMs are allowed. Motorized uses are not allowed beyond this section of the Taconite State Trail. The Balsam trail is provided by Itasca County and maintained by the Balsam Trail Blazers.
Not a resident of Minnesota? Don't forget your trail pass.
Parking is available at the Balsam Store at the intersection of Co Rd 7 and Co Rd 8. Parking is also available at the Little Moose Trailhead off of Co Rd 337.
- Art Daly
ATV (class II allowed)
Open - Ride with caution. Many trees down from recent storms.
5/15 to 11/1
Difficulty & trail length
Easiest; 5.5 miles