SHOULDER WIDTH MAPWhen completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) will be an 89-mile non-motorized, paved recreational trail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais, Minnesota, along Lake Superior's beautiful and historic North Shore. Several segments of the trail, totaling over 29 miles, are complete. A new section between Silver Bay and the West Road in Beaver Bay, just east of the Beaver Bay trailhead, was completed in summer 2012 and was officially opened in June 2013. Another short segment connecting the tunnel under Hwy 34 with the Lutsen Ski Hill Road was completed in fall 2013. A short segment connecting the trail to the parking area in Schroeder was completed in 2014.
IS FINALLY HERE!
IS FINALLY HERE!
No major construction was undertaken in 2014, 2015, or 2016 due to lack of funding.The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) was very disappointed that, once again, the Minnesota Legislature failed to pass a bonding bill that included long-awaited state matching funds for federal grants, necessary to begin construction of the next major trail section between the city of Grand Marais and the 2016. Small projects in Beaver Bay (West Road connection) and the town of Tofte will go forward in 2017, but the future of larger scale projects is unknown at this time. Keep up with trail progress on this website.
With the construction of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, as well as wide shoulders on portions of Highway 61 and paved state and county roads, the North Shore of Lake Superior is becoming a premier bicycling destination. The trail is also popular with walkers, joggers and skaters. There is no fee or trail pass required to use the trail, although parking in the state parks does require a daily or annual pass.
The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization formed to work with the Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources, and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, in the planning, development, construction, maintenance, and promotion of the trail, and to organize trail activities, including the Annual Ride. We welcome your help, through volunteer assistance and membership.
Read about what the GGTA -- including the board, executive director, and trail coordinator -- have been up to, in the Fall 2016 newsletter.
Check out details of our 16th Annual Ride, celebrating our partnership with Beaver Bay, and the great new “scoping report” prepared by ARDC summarizing trail progress, in the Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter.
See pics of the 15th Annual Ride and learn how to get involved with the GGTA in our Fall 2015 newsletter.
Learn about the 15th Annual Ride and the GGTA’s new executive director, in our Spring/Summer 2015 newsletter.
Find out how you can help get the GGST built, in our Fall 2014 newsletter.
Read our tribute to Jim Oberstar, and about funding and construction plans, in our Summer 2014 newsletter.