When completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) will be an 88-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.
No major construction was undertaken in 2014 or 2015 due to lack of funding, but long-awaited state matching funds for federal grants included in the state bonding last year means that new construction will begin in the Grand Marais area in 2016. 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.