Big Aspen Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Big Aspen Trail is 21 miles with many loop opportunities and beautiful scenic vistas. The trail is a part of old logging roads and abandoned railroad grades from the Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber Company. It is a multi-use trail, allowing mountain bikes, ATV's, horses, and in the winter, cross-country skiers.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: In the winter, visit for current ski trail conditions. 
Restrictions: ATVs allowed May 1st through November 20th only. Off limits to all other motorized vehicles year-round.
Closest Towns: Virginia, MN
Water: None available
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style) at trailhead
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Laurentian Ranger District, 218-229-8800

General Information


The Big Aspen Trail system is 11 miles north of Virginia, Minnesota.

  • From Virginia take Highway 53 north for 8 miles to County Road 131.

  • Turn right on County Road 131 for 1 mile.

  • Turn left on County Road 68 for 0.3 mile.

  • Go straight on Pelton Road/County Road 405 for 2 miles. (405 becomes UT 8116 )


There are 2 parking areas located:

  • 2 miles on County Road 405
  • 1.3 miles north on Forest Road 257. This lot and Forest Road #257 are not plowed in the winter.

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21 miles (33 km of ski trails)

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