Mille Lacs Area ATV Trails
Soo Line South Trail – Skirting the southern edge of Lake Mille Lacs, it makes its way eastward from close to Genola nearly to Superior, WI. The 114-mile trail passes through five Minnesota counties and travels through farmlands, wetlands and woodlands as it follows the former railroad grade. Riders can also access the Red Top Trail between Isle and McGrath as well as the Soo Pits Trail near Moose Lake. The Soo Line South ATV Trail also connects with the 148- mile Soo Line North ATV Trail, southwest of Moose Lake.
Parking/Trailhead Location(s): Aitkin, Carlton and Pine Counties: Parking is available in the City of McGrath. Mille Lacs and Morrison County: Parking is on the east side of Highway 25 in Genola. Carlton County: Parking is available at the Soo Line Depot in Moose Lake. Parking is available in McGrath, Isle, Genola and Moose Lake.
Season: Mille Lacs, Aitkin and Pine Counties – open April 1 to November 30; Carlton County – open year round; Morrison County – April 1 to October 31; Moose Lake to Superior, WI – open year round.
Vehicles Allowed: Class I and II.
Red Top ATV Trail – The trail is a series of challenging loops that have developed a reputation for abundant technical backwoods riding and plenty of rocky terrain. Enthusiasts can loop around in this 25-mile system all day and feel like they’re miles away from civilization, yet it’s a quick ride east to McGrath or west to Isle on the Soo Line South Trail to re-enter populated areas.
Distance: 25 Miles
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Parking/Trailhead Locations: From Isle the trailhead is 4.6 miles to the east off the Soo Line South Trail.
Season: May 15 to November 1
Vehicles Allowed: Class I. Class II allowed on some portions.
Red Top Trail Coalition was formed the summer on 2007 with the intent to include other clubs other than GIA (Grant-In-Aid) holders to perform maintenance and improvements on the Red Top Loop. Maintenance is performed in cooperation with Aitkin County Land Department and DNR Trails and Waterways. The following clubs have worked the trails to provide a safe and enjoyable riding opportunity!
- Mille Lacs Drift Skippers Snowmobile ATV Club
- Kiwi Snowmobile ATV Club
- North Metro Trail Riders
- Open Trails
- White Pine Riders
Drift Skippers ATV Trail Map to view the map of the area ATV Trails. Free Trails Maps are available at the Front Desk.
ATV Safety Training
Any individual who operates an ATV and is born after July 1, 1987 must complete the ATV CD Training Course before operating an ATV. To get your CD contact the DNR Information Center 1-888-646-6367 or at 651-296-6157 or visit the DNR website for more ATV safety training information
We invite you to come, ride the trails and stay with us at McQuoid’s Inn. We are a Business Member of ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) and active, local members of the Mille Lacs Drift Skippers Snowmobile/ATV Club.