This 38-mile system of trails and atv routes is located in northeast Minnesota and winds riders across rolling hills, through mature forest, and around historic mine pits and tailings piles. It connects the community of Hibbing on the south end to the communities of Chisholm in the middle and Side Lake on the north end, and it also connects to the Taconite State Trail "Big Aspen Connection", an atv trail segment that goes east towards Virginia and the USFS Big Aspen trails. Rated easy to moderately difficult, the Chisholm ATV Trail offers hills to climb and hairpin corners to maneuver. The ATV-friendly communities of Hibbing, Chisholm and Side Lake offer gas, lodging and food within riding distance from the trail. Parking and riding in Chisholm is allowed between 6 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The trail is provided by the City of Chisholm and maintained by the Northern Traxx ATV Club. MAKE NOTE: OHMs are NOT allowed to operate on County Road Rights-of-Way.
Winter Use: The Chisholm trail is generally plowed once or twice a winter. The temperature must be above zero in order to plow the trail and 4x4 ATVs are recommended, as it is not plowed down to the dirt. The trail is shared with snowmobiles and OHVs are asked to stay off the trail if the temperature is above 30 degrees.
Parking lot is plowed as needed but there are no vault toilets.
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St. Louis County
Parking and trail access in Chisholm as well as the intersection of Hwy. 5 and Connors Rd and also at the French Town Hall in Side Lake.
- Larry Folstad
- [email protected]
ATV (class II allowed)
OPEN; NOTICE: NO TRAIL CONNECTION TO TACONITE STATE TRAIL BIG ASPEN CONNECTION (EAST OF STURGEON RIVER) AUG 22 - NOV 30 DUE TO COUNTY RD 65 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND ROAD CLOSURE.
Year-round except during firearms deer season and spring thaw
Difficulty & trail length
38 total miles (18.5 miles of trail, 19.5 miles of gravel road right-of-way)