Blue Ox Trail

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.

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Trail contacts

The start of the trail to Funkley
MN DNR Parks & Trails/Bemidji: 218-308-2367
Funkley to Big Falls
Northome 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 Littlefork
MN DNR Parks & Trails/Grand Rapids: 218-328-8982
Note: Littlefork permits ATV travel through town.
North of Littlefork to International Falls
MN DNR Parks & Trails/Tower: 218-300-7841

Location

Koochiching County

Parking and trail access in Big Falls, Northome, and International Falls.

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Trail location map

Vehicles allowed

ATV ATV (class II allowed)

When open

CLOSED - Closed for the season November 30th. Check back in the spring for reopening information.: Start of trail to Funkley - CLOSED; Funkley to Big Falls - CLOSED (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 Littlefork - CLOSED (Note: The trail begins and ends on the north and south edge of the City of Littlefork. The City permits ATV travel through town); North of Littlefork to International Falls - CLOSED.

Normal season:
4/1 to 11/30

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Difficulty & trail length

easyeasiest

74 miles

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Facilities

Funkley

food food

restroom restroom

Northome

food food

restroom restroom

gas gas

lodging lodging

Big Falls

food food

restroom restroom

gas gas

area attractions