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North Shore ATV Trails & Maps

Ride your All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) on North Shore ATV Trails. Perfect for visitors who want to experience the vast forest and lakes inland from Lake Superior. Cruise down logging roads! Scramble over rocky terrain, while skirting swamps and sloughs on wooded trails. 

North Shore ATV trails run from 12 to 36-miles in length and are interconnected. Choose a short scenic ride or a day long tour. Most trails also connect to county roads that are open for ATV use.

Find the longest trail systems in the Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Finland area:
Wild Country to Moose Walk to Red Dot or
Wild Country to Moose Walk to Moose Run

Further up the shore, you will find two separate trails in the Schroeder, Tofte, Lutsen area. The Old Greenwood Trail is 16 miles up the Gunflint Trail and the Hovland trail is just eight miles off Highway 61.

Many of the spring, summer, fall ATV trails double as winter snowmobile trails. From short connector trails to day long rides, these are some of the best ATV trails in Minnesota. Read about the top North Shore ATV trails and plan your visit. 

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mile 27.5 + 8.5

This 30-mile ride starts at the Lake Country Demonstration Forest then travels along forest roads and trails including the historic Alger Grade Logging Railroad bed. The trail connects to Lake County gravel roads open to ATV use as well as the Moose Walk and Red Dot ATV Trails . Scenic bogs, rock outcrops, streams, rivers and Lake Superior overlooks occur along the trail as it travels the North Shore Highlands near Finland, Beaver Bay and Silver Bay. The trail is provided by Lake County and maintained by the Wild Country ATV Club.

mile 51.3 + .75

Located in the Sawtooth Mountains along Minnesota’s scenic North Shore, the 22-mile Moose Walk Trail is family-friendly. It connects with the Red Dot Trail for a hilly ride winding through stands of spruce and pine. Shelters are located along the trail for riders in need of a rest stop. The trail is provided by Lake County and maintained by the Silver Trail Riders.

mile 54.6 + 2.1

The 30-mile Red Dot Trail runs through the Palisade Valley Recreation Unit of Tettegouche State Park before connecting to the Moose Walk and Moose Run trails. The trail offers access to the ATV-friendly community of Silver Bay with gas, lodging and food options within riding distance from the trail. The trail is provided by Lake County and maintained by Silver Trail Riders.

mile 62.0 + 54.0

The remote Stony Spur II Trail begins in Babbitt and runs almost 25 miles eastward, just south of Bear Island State Forest. The trail follows the diverse landscape through stands of aspen and cedar. There are a few stream and water crossings. The trail is maintained by the City of Babbitt and the Babbitt ATV/Snowmobile Club.

mile 65.2 + 6

Located north of Finland, the 12-mile Moose Run Trail takes riders through the Sawtooth Mountains along Minnesota’s scenic North Shore. The Moose Run Trail is a family-friendly route. The trail winds over hills and through deep woods, brushing along the North Shore State Trail before merging with the Moose Walk Trail. Trail is provided by Lake County and maintained by Finland Snowmobile/ATV Club.

mile 83.4 + 18.2

The 13-mile route follows historic roads in the Pat Bayle and Superior National Forest linking the The Grade, Pancore Lake and Clara Lake Roads. The trail connects to Cook County roads open to ATV use. The trail is provided by Cook County and maintained by the Cook County ATV Club.

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mile 83.5 + 20.2

This 20-mile trail in the Superior National Forest follows historic roads to loop past Whitefish, around Frear and Timber, then down past Fourmile Lakes. The trail connects to Cook County roads open to ATV use. The trail is provided by Cook County and maintained by the Cook County ATV Club.

gunflint mile 16.2

The 30 mile trail loops in and out of Pat Bayle State Forest in the Superior National Forest off Greenwood Lake Road. Shoe Lake Road connects to the Hovland Woods Trails. The trail connects to Cook County roads open to ATV use. The trail is provided by Cook County and maintained by the Cook County ATV Club.

mile 128.7 + 7.9

Ride on the Boyd, Tom Lake and Irish Creek Road in Grand Portage State Forest for a remote trail through the Hovland Wood SNA. This 16-mile trail crosses the Swamp River and provides access to Stevens Lake, Moose Horn Lake and Tom Lake. Shoe Lake Road connects to the Old Greenwood ATV Trail. The terrain along the trail changes from beautiful hardwood forests to pine to granite rock outcrops with scenic vistas of big bog areas. The trail is provided by Cook County and maintained by the Cook County ATV Club.

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