Visit Grand Rapids Trail Updates Now Available

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There are hundreds of miles of wilderness trails in the immediate vicinity of north central Minnesota’s Grand Rapids area. Itasca County has one of the most diverse trail systems in the nation. Maps detailing this extensive system are available for download from the visitgrandrapids.com website.

Grooming The Trails

Volunteers from the many area snowmobile clubs and trail organizations provide the labor to improve and maintain our trail system for the enjoyment of all.” commented Megan Christianson, Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids.

There are hundreds of miles of wilderness trails in the immediate vicinity of north central Minnesota’s Grand Rapids area. Itasca County has one of the most diverse trail systems in the nation. Maps detailing this extensive system are available for download from the visitgrandrapids.com website.

As the holiday season approaches, Minnesotans gear up in anticipation of falling snow. Snowmobilers prepare to hit the trails and tour the forests and lakes from the seat of their sleds. “Over the river and through the woods” takes on new meaning with the first signs of snow and freezing temperatures. Until then, hikers, bikers, horseback riders, hunters and even ATV riders continue to enjoy the efforts of trail maintenance groups who keep the trails clear and ready for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“These trail systems are supported by city and county government, County employees, the Blandin Foundation, area trail clubs, and the Itasca County Trails Taskforce, as well as state funding. Volunteers from the many area snowmobile clubs and trail organizations provide the labor to improve and maintain our trail system for the enjoyment of all.” commented Megan Christianson, Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids.    

The announcement that the trails are now prepared for the upcoming winter season was made recently by the local Minnesota snowmobile clubs and the Department of Natural Resources. The combined efforts of volunteers and DNR employees have now cleared all of the areas trails of the brush and downed trees that resulted from a serious wind storm last summer. All that remains for snowmobile enthusiasts to do at this point is to prep their machines and wait for the snow to fall.

The same groups who worked so diligently to prepare the trails in advance of the snow, will continue to maintain the trails throughout the winter months by monitoring snowfall and trail conditions. High-tech grooming equipment is operated regularly to keep the snowmobile trails smooth and the cross-country ski trails tracked to perfection.

Visitors arriving to the Grand Rapids area during the winter have the option of experiencing the beauty of area trails either by snowmobile, cross-country skis or snow shoes. All of the necessary equipment is available for rent at area businesses so visitors need not be concerned with purchasing or bringing their own equipment. Several local lodging and vacation properties offer special packages which include great rates on accommodations and equipment rentals.

“The latest maps and trail information are available on our VisitGrandRapids.com website. Daily reports on trail conditions can be found through the site along with special lodging and recreation packages currently being offered. We are always available to assist visitors in planning an authentic Minnesota vacation by providing all of the information needed to fulfill the dreams of every member of the family. Check the website for community events and activities, or give us a call for personalized assistance.” said Megan.

Trail maps can be downloaded directly from the website. There are so many different areas to explore that one may choose outings that are a few hours in duration or a few days! Many of the trail systems interconnect allowing for unlimited new horizons on a daily basis. Visitors consistently remark about the friendly local residents and area businesses that are more than happy to provide advice, guidance or assistance whenever asked.

As the lakes freeze over and the snow begins to fall, the holiday spirit bursts forth in a most traditional manner. Indoor enthusiasts are welcome to join in the many celebrations that take place in the community. Concerts, art shows, festive lighting ceremonies complete with hot cider and fresh cookies, excellent shopping and dining are just a few examples of how the Grand Rapids community comes together to celebrate winter. The VisitGrandRapids.com website or a phone call to Visit Grand Rapids headquarters at 218-326-9607 will connect callers directly to someone who knows the community, the upcoming events, the accommodations, and the offerings of bountiful northern Minnesota.

The Visit Grand Rapids group is made up of 22 lodging properties located in the area. Together they have created an extensive website to present the best offerings for visitors planning a vacation to Minnesota's north woods environment. Please check the http://www.visitgrandrapids.com site for the latest offerings and the “HOT DEALS” page for great deals and last minute specials.

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