Taconite State Trail - Big Aspen Connection
This page is specifically for off-highway vehicle uses of the Taconite State Trail. The Taconite Trail winds through forests of birch and aspen intertwined with pine, leading the visitor past many isolated lakes and streams. Portions of the trail are open to ATV (Class 1 & 2) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) users from May 1 through November 20, conditions permitting. Users may encounter horseback riders, as well as mountain bikers, hikers and backpackers. All users must yield to horses. Motorized users should stay to the right side of the trail except when safely passing other users. From the trail intersection with US Highway 53, ATV & OHM use is allowed eastward (toward Tower) for about 2 miles and westward (toward McCarthy Beach State Park) for about 15 miles. OHV use ends at the trail intersection with St. Louis County Highway 65.
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St. Louis County
From the trail intersection with US Highway 53, eastward (towards Tower) for 2 miles and westward (towards McCarthy Beach State Park) for 15 miles.
- MN DNR Parks & Trails, Tower Office
ATV Class 2 allowed. OHV use ends at the trail intersection with St. Louis County Highway 65.
OPEN -the trail portion between Ely and the Purvis Lake area (specifically to State Minimum Maintenance Rd 934) is closed due to Contract work being completed for the Taconite ATV upgrade project.
5/1 to 11/20
Difficulty & trail length