Blue Ox Trail
Located in northern Minnesota, the 74-mile Blue Ox Trail follows an abandoned railroad grade and provides an easy and relatively straight ride. Traveling through stretches of black spruce, swamps and upland aspen stands, the trail provides a scenic ride any season of the year. Ideal for viewing wildlife, remember to watch for beavers, eagles, moose, wolves and bobcats. Notes: Follow the detour signs along Highway 71 near the Bigfork River in Big Falls. The trail is closed from Highway 6 to County Road 31. Also the trail begins and ends on the north and south edge of the City of Littlefork. The City permits ATV travel through town. The trail is provided by Koochiching County.
Winter Use: No winter use by OHVs on any part of the Blue Ox trail.
Not a resident of Minnesota? Don't forget your trail pass.
Trail contactsThe start of the trail to FunkleyMN DNR Parks & Trails/Bemidji: 218-308-2367 Funkley to Big FallsNorthome Ridge Runners/Jack White: 218-897-5764 Note: At Big Falls, near the Bigfork River, the trail is closed from Highway 6 to County Road 31. Follow the detour signs along Highway 71. Big Falls to south of LittleforkMN DNR Parks & Trails/Grand Rapids: 218-328-8982Note: Littlefork permits ATV travel through town.North of Littlefork to International FallsMN DNR Parks & Trails/Tower: 218-300-7841
Parking and trail access in Big Falls, Northome, and International Falls.
- See contact number by trail section.
ATV (class II allowed)
OPEN - The main Blue Ox railroad grade section of the trail is open but the Island Lake and Seretha Lake portions are still closed temporarily. Check back later in the spring for opening info for these sections.
4/1 to 11/30
Difficulty & trail length