Gitchi-Gami State Trail

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Gitchi-Gami State Trail
Gitchi Gami State Trail at Split Rock River.jpg
The Gitchi-Gami State Trail crossing the Split Rock River
Length 25.9 mi (41.7 km)
Location North Shore, Minnesota, USA
Designation Minnesota state trail
Trailheads Gooseberry Falls State Park
Beaver Bay
Grand Marais
Use Biking, hiking, in-line skating
Hiking details
Sights Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse, North Shore state parks and state natural areas
Surface Asphalt
Website Gitchi-Gami State Trail

The Gitchi-Gami State Trail is a multi-use recreational trail in development along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, USA. Planned to extend 88 miles (142 km) from Two Harbors to Grand Marais, the trail currently comprises five unconnected segments.[1] The route will be situated primarily along state-owned right-of-way for Minnesota State Highway 61, with deviations for greater scenic diversity.[2] "Gitchi-Gami" is an anglicization of the name for Lake Superior in the Ojibwe language.


The longest completed section runs 14.6 miles (23.5 km) from Gooseberry Falls State Park to the town of Beaver Bay, passing through Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on the way.[3] Another 3-mile (4.8 km) segment runs from Schroeder to Tofte through Temperance River State Park. The trail resumes at the other side of Tofte for a 7.3-mile (11.7 km) segment that goes to Lutsen. Lastly there is a 1-mile (1.6 km) completed segment outside Two Harbors and a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) section leading into Grand Marais.[3] New sections are under construction during the summer of 2011, with others in planning stages.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Gitchi-Gami State Trail". Gitchi-Gami Trail Association. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Gitchi-Gami State Trail". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  3. ^ a b Gitchi-Gami State Trail (PDF) (Map). Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 

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Coordinates: 47°11′49″N 91°23′06″W / 47.196825°N 91.384912°W / 47.196825; -91.384912