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Golf at Giants Ridge

Laurentian Divide Recreation Area

The Laurentian Divide Recreation Area serves as a trail head for Lookout Mountain hiking and ski trails, including a half mile fitness trail with seven exercise stations. The recreation area offers picnic tables, grills and restrooms. Sixteen kilometers of scenic groomed cross-country trails wind through and around the Divide. The Laurentian Snowmobile Trail has nearby access (one quarter mile north) and provides entry onto the Taconite Trail System and access to more than 2,000 miles of trails. Eight kilometers of back country hiking trails lead you to the top of Lookout Mountain for an unbelievable vista, especially in the fall.


Ski Pass
Equipment Rentals


Easiest to Most Difficult

Ski Lessons



Warming shelter


The Laurentian Divide Recreation Area and Trailhead is four miles north of Virginia, Minnesota along the northbound lane of Highway 53/169.

Laurentian Ranger District
318 Forestry Road
Aurora, Minnesota 55705

Area or Trail Length

8 Kilometers

Nearest Town


Designated Activities

Birding & Wildlife, Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Hunting, hiking trails south of Eveleth
Scenic multi-use trail system north of Virginia
Mountain biking, hiking, picnic areas and canoeing near Hoyt Lakes
Hike around this Hibbing lake through woods, fields and more
Three miles of trail in wetlands near Buhl
Part of a fun daytrip from the Range
Hiking, mountain biking and picnic areas
Draws visitors from around the country as a top birding locale
Short trails near this must-see attraction
Multi-use trails, lakes and camping in beautiful wilderness
Excellent for fall colors, historic sites, scenic overlooks en route to Lake Superior
Fascinating evening activity in summer months near Virginia