Segment 16: Minnesota
The Fifty Trail coincides with the North Country Trail for its entire 857 mile traverse of Minnesota. Leaving North Dakota the route begins with a stretch of road walk then passes through White Earth State Forest, Itasca State Park, and Chippewa National Forest on substantial lengths of back country trail. Next there’s a considerable stretch following the multi-use Mesabi Trail before the trail enters the very remote Border Region and follows the 41-mile Kekebek Trail and then the 65-mile Border Route Trail. Finally the route reaches the vicinity of Lake Superior at Minnesota’s ‘arrowhead’ and follows the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail southwestward to Duluth and crosses into Wisconsin.
MAPS and TRAIL GUIDES:
North Country Trail in Minnesota: https://northcountrytrail.org/trail/minnesota/
Superior Hiking Trail Association: https://superiorhiking.org/#
HEART OF THE TRAIL:
Superior Hiking Trail from Coville Creek Beach to the Temperance River.