North Central Minnesota


Otter Tail/Becker county line to US-2 in Grand Rapids.

This segment traverses North Central Minnesota’s glacially scoured landscape, which features many lakes, abundant wetlands and flat-to-rolling topography covered with a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees. It also features urban hiking on multi-use trails through the Cities of Cohasset and Grand Rapids.  This section is lightly used and offers superb backpacking and day hiking opportunities without the crowds.

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Need to Know

Dispersed camping is generally allowed except within Itasca, Greenwater Lake Scientific and Natural Area, and Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, but designated backcountry campsites are provided.

Trail Towns