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. Note: 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
Big Falls to south Littlefork
MN DNR Parks & Trails/Grand Rapids: 218-328-8982
North Littlefork to International Falls
MN DNR Parks & Trails/Tower: 218-300-7841
Littlefork permits ATV travel through town.


Koochiching County

Parking and trail access in Big Falls and Northome.

  • See contact number by trail section.
Trail location map

Vehicles allowed

ATV ATV (class II allowed)

When open

OPEN: Start of trail to Funkley - OPEN; Funkley to Big Falls - OPEN; Big Falls to south of Littlefork - OPEN; North of Littlefork to International Falls - OPEN

Normal season:
4/1 to 11/30

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Difficulty & trail length


74 miles

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