ARDC works with the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) as part of its Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) scope of work and provides contractual staffing assistance to the Association. The GGTA is a nonprofit organization that promotes, plans and advocates construction of a premier recreational, non-motorized paved trail that connects the North Shore’s communities, State Parks, and attractions from Two Harbors to Grand Marais, along Lake Superior’s coastline.

About the GGTA


The Association will provide the leadership and direction to plan, develop, and sustain Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Gitchi-Gami State Trail.


Provide non-motorized transportation connections for the communities along the North Shore and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

Goals and Purpose

  • The trail will be a high quality, aesthetically superior recreation and transportation link between North Shore communities.
  • The trail will be safe, accessible and well-maintained.
  • The Association will develop sustainable partnerships on long term issues of importance with communities, businesses, and local governments.

GGTA Bylaws

The GGTA is an all-volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors. See the GGTA Bylaws HERE.

Memorandum of Understanding

ARDC worked with the GGTA and all key stakeholders to develop and execute a Memorandum of Understanding. Click HERE to view.


Are you interested in learning more about the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association? Come to our next meeting–the public is always welcome. We are also seeking interested, passionate individuals who may want to lend their talents to the GGTA board.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:00am at the Two Harbors DNR Offices.

Past Meetings

Date Document 1 Document 2  Document 3
05-18-19 Meeting Summary    
03-14-2019 Meeting Summary    
01-10-2019 Meeting Summary    
11-01-2018 Meeting Summary    
9-13-2018 Meeting Summary    
7-12-2018 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report  
5-19-2018 Meeting Summary    
04-12-2018 Meeting Summary    
02-01-2018 Meeting Summary   Bonding Tour Presentation
11-09-2017 Meeting Summary    
09-14-2017 Meeting Summary    
07-13-2017 Meeting Summary    
05-20-2017 Meeting Summary   2017 Ride Brochure
03-09-2017 Meeting Summary    
01-12-2017 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report  
11-10-2016 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report President’s Report
09-08-2016 Meeting Summary    
07-14-2016 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report  
05-12-2016 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report Social Media Report
03-10-2016 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report  
01-17-2016 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report Presentation
11-12-2015 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report  
09-17-2015 Meeting Summary Trail Coordinator’s Report  
09-16-2015 MN Legislative Handout    



In 2019, the GGTA worked with MnDNR’s cartographer to assist with update recommendations for the DNR’s print map. Find a copy of the most up-to-date print map HERE

In 2016, the GGTA and ARDC worked to publish the Gitchi-Gami State Trail Plan Update & Scoping Document 2016. This document includes detailed trail scoping maps that include cost estimates, opportunities, and challenges in construction of each trail segment and highlights completed segments as well.

In the summer of 2015, ARDC worked with the GGTA and partners at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the University of Minnesota to study trail usage by pedestrians and cyclists. The report for that project may be found HERE.

In the summer of 2016, ARDC again worked with the GGTA to substantiate the 2015 count process by collecting trail count data during the summer 2016 cycling season. That report may be found HERE

In 2013, the GGTA and ARDC updated the original Trail Plan. See the 2013 plan update HERE.

The original Gitchi-Gami State Trail Plan Dec 1999 was developed to guide trail stakeholders with development of this premier trail along the North Shore of Lake Superior.


The GGTA publishes two newsletters each year. Click on the links below to read current and past issues.

Spring 2019   |  Fall 2018 |Spring 2018Fall 2017Spring 2017Fall 2016 | Spring 2016 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2015 | Fall 2014 | Spring 2014 |Fall 2013 | Spring 2012 | Fall 2010 | Spring 2010 | Fall 2009 | Spring 2009 | Fall 2008 | Fall 2007 | Spring 2007 | Spring 2006 | Winter 2004-2005 | Spring 2004 | Spring 2003 | Summer 2002Summer 2001 | Summer 2000 | Summer 1998 |

Connect with the GGTA

Visit our website at!

Click HERE to take a virtual tour of completed segments of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail

Planning to ride USBR41 or ride the North Shore? To see a map of shoulder widths along North Shore Scenic Drive/MN Highway 61 in between constructed segments of the trail, click HERE.

Click HERE to connect with us on Facebook!

More Information

For more information on ARDC’s GGTA Staffing and Technical Assistance, please contact:

Michelle Pierson
Planning Assistant
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 218-529-7535 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 535.
Fax: 218-529-7592