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.
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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 ATV (class II allowed), OHM
OPEN - Logging is happening on the southern most section of the trail between Scenic Highway 7 and County Road 33. Watch for signs, equipment, and workers and as always ride with caution.
5/15 to 11/1
Difficulty & trail length
Easiest; 8 miles