It’s Friday, the weather calls for sunny days and starry nights, and you’re looking for a quick getaway to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Ely has you covered with a wide range of camping options just down the road from your Ely home. Several RV parks and resorts offer sites that can accommodate rigs of all sizes and offer full hookups, laundry facilities and access to WiFi. Camping is also available in the many State Parks that dot the surrounding Ely area. There you’ll find a wide variety of options for RV and tent camping as well as camper cabins for those seeking a little more comfort. A wide variety of activities, including swimming, nature programs, geocaching, fishing and trail hiking will keep everyone of all ages entertained throughout your “staycation”. The added bonus? Many of the parks are open in the winter for those wanting to take a day trip and view the beautiful surroundings on cross country skis or snowshoes.
Living in Ely where you’re close to the heart of the Superior National Forest has its advantages, including access to an abundant number of National Forest campgrounds. A full range of options, from fully-developed campgrounds, those with limited facilities, and secluded wilderness sites meet the needs of just about any camper.
With the time you’ll save traveling you’ll arrive in plenty of time to set up camp and gather around the campfire to share stories and outdoor memories.
Ready to hit the trails? A wide variety of options for novice and experienced hikers are available just outside your doorstep.
Located three blocks north of downtown Ely, the Trezona Trail features flat and rolling terrain. At just under 4 miles in length, the mostly-paved trail forms a loop around Miners Lake, a former ore mining pit and passes by the historic Pioneer Mine. The Kawishiwi Falls Trail is another popular trail that’s located just outside of town. The 1.5 mile, relatively easy walking path passes through woods filled with some of Ely’s most common trees including Spruce, Pine, Ash and Maple and takes visitors to stunning views of the Kawishiwi Falls and Fall Lake Dam.
Those looking for longer treks won’t be disappointed by the number of long distance trails in the immediate Ely area. Considered as one of the most scenic byways in Minnesota, the Echo Trail just outside of town serves as the entry point to several trailheads, some with designated camping locations. And, for a true adventure, enthusiasts can drive down beautiful Highway 1, catch a segment or two of the Superior Hiking Trail and be home again before nightfall.
Living in Ely means you can return to your favorite hiking spot whenever the mood strikes.