When completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) will be an 88-mile non-motorized, paved recreational trail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais, Minnesota, along Lake Superior's beautiful and historic North Shore. Several segments of the trail, totaling over 25 miles, are complete. A short section between Silver Bay and Beaver Bay just north and west of the Beaver Bay trail parking area was completed in summer 2012 and will be officially opened this spring. Another short segment connecting the tunnel under Hwy 34 with the Lutsen Ski Hill Road will be completed this summer. Keep up with trail progress on this website.
With the construction of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, as well as wide shoulders on portions of Highway 61 and paved state and county roads, the North Shore of Lake Superior is becoming a premier bicycling destination. The trail is also popular with walkers, joggers and skaters. There is no fee or trail pass required to use the trail, although parking in the state parks does require a daily or annual pass.
The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization formed to work with the Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources in the planning, development, construction, maintenance, and promotion of the trail, and to organize trail activities, including the Annual Ride.