Quality of Life

Central Iron Range Recreation

Some of the state's finest golf courses are located within an hour's drive from our communities, but our city parks, swimming beaches and municipal golf courses receive strong support from local government and residents alike. The Mesabi Trail and other paved biking trails connect the Central Iron Range cities to each other and to local lakes and parks. Additional local trail systems serve snowmobiles and ATVs, providing links to state trails. Athletics are an important component of our school districts' offerings – the area's boys' and girls' hockey teams consistently contend for state tournaments --  but these are supplemented by city teams for both children and adults. In addition to city soccer, softball and volleyball leagues, private providers offer dance, ballet, ballroom dancing, karate and other martial arts, yoga and related activities, skating, skiing, tennis and many others.