Miles of hiking and biking trails await the outdoor enthusiast. Ely boasts a variety of trail options from rugged BWCA trails that can take your miles into the wilderness to easy walking nature trails close to town and everything in between. No matter your course the scenic beauty of Northern Minnesota is in our back yard. Also be sure to visit the Kawishiwi Falls Trail and explore one of Minnesota’s most beautiful water falls just minutes from Ely.
Angleworm Trail (Echo Trail)
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14 miles NW of Ely along the Echo Trail lies the Angleworm Trail. A long 14 mile trail with a loop around Angleworm, Home, and Whiskey Jack Lakes. This area has steep ridges and amazing scenic overlook locations. It also has 9 designated camping location along the trail for those that like to get away from the crowds.
Bear Head Lake State Park Trails
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Located 19 miles Southeast of Ely this State Park hosts a network of trails that stretch 19 miles around Bear Head and Blueberry Lakes.
Bass Lake Trail (Echo Trail)
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Also located just up the Echo Trail is the Bass Lake Trail, just 6 miles NW of Ely. This area includes backpacking campsites, over 5 miles of trail around Bass Lake, and some unique history as Bass Lake was lower 55 feet due to a washout in 1925.
Hidden Valley Trail
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Just one mile East of Ely off the Hidden Valley Road, the maze of trail take you over rolling hills and a connection trails lead you to the International Wolf Center and the Silver Rapids Trail.
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
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The Kawishiwi Falls attracts visitors from all across the country to take in majestic views of the 70 foot waterfall. The short but scenic trail takes you on a 1.5 mile loop down to the falls and portage trails connect Garden and Fall Lakes.
North Arm Trails (Echo Trail)
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14 mile Northwest of Ely lies the North Arm Trail, located off the Echo Trail and Country Road 116 at the junction of North Arm Road. A maze of trails stretch 7 miles through a mix of wilderness and remote lakes.
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Located 20 miles Northeast of Ely off of Moose Lake Road (County Road 183). This trails features a 7 mile loop around Blackstone Lake, a handful of remote camping options, some small waterfall crossings and a large rock cliff overlooking Ennis Lake used by rock climbers.
Snowbank Lake Trail (BWCA)
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Located 23 miles East of Ely this lengthy 25 mile long trail system take you deep in the BWCA and past numerous lakes and rivers. You will be greeted by some of the most scenic terrain around, scenic lakes, river and rock outcroppings are around every corner. You can also camp at one of numerous remote campsites along the way. Access to the trail can be found off of Snowbank Lake Road and the Fernberg Trail.
Taconite & Arrowhead Trails
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Perfect for a leisurely stroll or for a long distance run or bike ride. The Taconite Trail stretches all the way from Grand Rapids on the far west end of the Iron Range through the heart of mining country up to Ely. The Arrowhead Trail junction is near Lake Vermilion and takes you North through Kabetogama State Forest up to International Falls.
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Located in Ely just 3 block off Sheridan Street. The 4 mile long trail takes you around Miners Lake on a tour of the former mine pit and a look at the history of Ely, Minnesota.