Duluth celebrates 40 miles of trail systems within city limits

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2014 Updated Aug 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluthians celebrated what nature has given them within the Zenith City limits Saturday.

Northlanders, along with members of the North Country Trail Association from around the country, came together at Spirit Mountain throughout the day to celebrate the 40 miles of trail systems within the city that Duluth offers.

The first ever Duluth Hiking and Outdoors Expo was held at the ski hill's new Grand Avenue Chalet. Guided hikes, speakers, and exhibitors were on hand all day to talk about the city's trail system.

Chair of the North Country Tail Association of Minnesota, Florence Hedeen, commented that having a trail system within a city like Duluth should inspire those who don't hike to get out an explore it.

"[It's] a magnet," said Hedeen, "an attraction for other people who have not had hiking experiences to be able to come and do hiking within a city."

One of the guided hikes went from Chester Bowl to Burrito Union, and was led by Duluth Mayor Don Ness and his family.

Shawn Frost