Superior National Forest Trails

Trail Maintenance Priority Area #12





  • Superior National Forest, Minnesota

A cross-country skier being pulled by a dog across the snow.

The 2,343 trail miles on the Superior National Forest provides for diverse recreation experiences on public lands. These trails provide access for motorized, non-motorized and wilderness opportunities year round. Much of the trail system has been impacted by recent natural events, straight-line wind events and large wildfires that have led to a substantial number of downed trees—making trails inaccessible.

As a priority area forest, the Superior National Forest and its partners are striving to address the backlog of trail maintenance needs.

The Superior National Forest, the State of Minnesota, and trail partners are building the planned 280 mile Prospector OHV trail system across federal, state, and private land to provide increased motorized access. The project will connect the towns of Ely, Babbitt, Embarrass, Tower, the north shore and two state parks together.

Download a map of the trail maintenance priority area (PDF)

Trail Maintenance Needs

  • Remove hazard trees and logs over the trail
  • Improve and update trail data, including condition, location, and physical attributes
  • Conduct general trail maintenance
  • Address many user-created routes (social trails)
  • Improve community access to public land

Our Partners

A trail through a forest with fall foliage. Partners supporting this priority area include: 

  • Border Route Trail Association
  • Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa
  • Ely Winton Rod & Gun Club
  • Friends of the Boundary Waters
  • Iron Range Resources Board Commissioners
  • Northwood’s Volunteer Connection
  • Polaris Foundation
  • The American Hiking Society
  • The Anabaptist Service Program
  • The Boundary Waters Advisory Committee
  • The Boy Scouts of America
  • The Kekekabic Trail Club
  • The North Country Trail Association
  • Town of Fall Lake Grant
  • Town of Morse Grant
  • Wilderness Volunteers

Learn More & Get involved!

To know more about trail maintenance efforts in this priority area, contact:

Megan Impson - Recreation Program Manager
Phone: (218) 626-4326