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Great Northern Trail

Admission Fee



  1. Bike Trail
  2. Bird watching
  3. Trails
  4. Wildlife Viewing

The Great Northern Trail is a newly expanded paved surface popular for biking, inline skating and walking.  The paved length extends 8.5 miles from the south end in Elk River to Lion’s Park in Zimmerman and is only the start of a vision to complete trail construction on the entirety of the original 30 mile historic railroad bed where it would terminate in Milaca.  Partners have been working together to solicit input on the future expansion and plan according to community needs.

Parking for the paved portion is provided in 4 locations.

Trail Closed Firearm Deer Season

Great Northern Trail Closed for Firearm Deer Season!

Great Northern Trail Closed for Firearm Deer Season – November 5 through end of muzzle loader.  Trail will reopen on December 11.  The Great Northern Trail is bordered on both sides by private lands that are used by hunters throughout the firearm season.  For the safety of trail users the County and the City of Elk River close the trail to recreation for the duration of the season.