Mesabi Trail
Virginia Access Point Map

Virginia, MN

Entry Point

For access to the Mesabi TrailTM from Highway 53, exit east onto 9th Street North.  Travel .3 mile to the kiosk and parking on the left.

About Virginia

On the Trail, the city of Virginia is located 60 miles north of Duluth and 100 miles south of the Canadian border. Two major highways, Hwy 53 running north and south, and Hwy 169 running east and west serve this community. Virginia has natural scenic beauty and many mining attractions and festivals. Virginia Lake and Silver Lake offer recreational fishing and an opportunity to see the world's largest floating loon. The lakes are located in the center of town, with the Mesabi Trail running along the north and west side.


Chestnut street between 1st and 6th Avenue is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Virginia Commercial Historic District.  A few other buildings on the National Register include Kaleva Hall and the B'nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center. The Virginia Heritage Museum is located alongside Olcott Park, a beautiful park on Virginia's north side. The Laurentian Divide recreation area, just north of if town, signifies the continental divide where water is split into the Lake Superior and Hudson Bay watersheds and offers a picnic area and hiking trails.  Summer festivals, such as the annual Land of the Loon Festival in June, celebrate the unique ethnic mix in the area. For golfing enthusiasts, a newly renovated 18-hole golf course is available.


Virginia offers most major services, supplies, equipment, restaurants and hotel accommodations. Extensive medical facilities are available. Camping, parks, commercial attractions are all close by.