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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-29-2010, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Any Minnesota "Must-Ride" Trails?

i live in southern MN and know most of the good trail systems are up north.
can anyone recommend some of the top trails i should plan on visiting?
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Hi rugnuts, Lucky for me that I'm in 'northern' Minnesota when it comes to the trails.

If you're ever up in the area, I really enjoy the 'Thistledew' trail for a long relaxing trail ride. There are several nice lakes to see, picnic areas, some shelters with fire rings and a nice parking area. Not much for technical challenges but it's an enjoyable place to ride.

If you're up on the North Shore the Red Dot/Moose Run trail is fun. There are lots of terrain changes, some mud and lots of red goo (you're on the Iron Range) to drive through. You get to see some of the North Shore and lots of old mining areas along with plenty of tall pines. The trip up to Finland is a blast. A little more technical in places.

Round River trails are strewn with narrow sections and a fair amount of fallen trees after windy days but it's a fun ride if you like lots of twists and turns. Lots of elevation changes and there's a nice bar & grill near the trails for lunch or dinner. I've been down there many times and enjoy it more every time.

Moose River is great but what makes it even greater are the trails that attach to it by the efforts of the Over The Hills Gang ATV club. They've worked extremely hard to build and maintain a full network of trails for everyone to enjoy. They've published excellent maps and the members are very proactive in the care, maintenance and control of the trails so that a few idiots don't ruin it for the bulk of the users. You can ride the Moose River trails and then travel down to Outing & Emily, MN for lunch and fuel. There are over 100 miles of combined trails and it's one place you have to try.

Red Top has a little more of a technical side (in places) but it's not tough to ride. I've only been there once but it would be fun to go back for another ride sometime, I really enjoyed the elevation changes and the interesting forest areas.

That's my synopsis of a few 'northern' trails. I'd still like to get over to Spider Lake, Blind Lake (near Aitkin) and the new '70-mile' trail opening up this summer.

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thank you for the excellent trail info.
i'll definitely work on checking those trails off the list in the upcoming future

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Round River trails... there's a nice bar & grill near the trails for lunch or dinner. I've been down there many times and enjoy it more every time.
are these the trails in Paul Bunyan SF where you take off north out of Akeley? is the bar n grill called watering hole or something like that? i've talked to two different parties down here while riding who were raving about this place/trails.


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how far are you from la crosse wi?
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2.5 hours to the border
i was just over by winona last weekend. went to "snake creek" "trout valley" and "chatfield" trails.

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I will put my vote on spider lake! Still want to try some more of those "Northern Trails" also. CC Andrews is my back yard pretty much.

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Hi Guys, is there a good map of where all these ATV trails are in MN? I live in the Ssuthern metro but have my wheeler stored at the cabin on the east side of Leech Lake. I'm just loking for some new and fun places to ride anywhere in the state.

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Cool Red Top ATV Riding Trails!

It's not quite in southern MN, but it sounds like you don't mind a hike.

Red Top ATV Trails are my favorite! They're sandy, well groomed and really fun.

It's about 100 miles SE of Duluth, smack dab in the middle.

There's some good camping in the area too, if you don't want to make that drive in a day.

Don't take my word for it! These guys called it one of the best ATV trails in MN.

Have fun!
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