Message from our GIA Trail Coordinator, Perry May:

 

Trails: The Emily/Outing ATV Grant-In-Aid State Trail opened in June 2014. The Over The Hills Gang ATV Club, in coordination with our trail sponsor Cass County, maintains the Emily/Outing GIA ATV Trail. The Emily/Outing Trail is open from May 1st to October 31st for both Class I and Class II ATVs. This ATV Trail system is 56 miles in length which includes the Moose River Trails. The trail system begins in Emily, MN located on the southern part of the trail, travels through Outing, MN and further north to the Moose River Trail loops which are located 6 miles north of Outing. Funds to maintain these trails are provided by the MN Trail Assistance Program (GIA), through annual grants, fundraising efforts by Over The Hills Gang ATV Club and donations from the Emily/Outing Chamber of Commerce, Club members and ATV enthusiasts.

 

The ATV trail system has two main routes designated as the "A" and "B" trails, and three main loops known as the Plantation, Wren, and Cedar Lake Loops of the Moose River Trails.

"A" Trail

"B" Trail

"A/B" Connector

Parking & Unloading

Starting in Emily, the "A" trail will follow the MN State Highway 6 ditch to Outing. In Outing the trail turns east along Cass County Road 58 for approximately 1/3 mile, where it will turn north following Sunset Hill Road. The "A" trail turns into the woods approximately two miles north on Sunset Hill Road where it will connect to the southern part of the Wren Loop on the Moose River Trail.

Starting at the intersection of MN State Highway 6 and Mill Road, (approximately 2.5 miles north of Emily) the "B" Trail heads east along Mill Road before turning northeast at the intersection of Mill Road and the Ruth Lake Public Water Access Parking area. *please note - ATV parking or unloading is prohibited on the Ruth Lake Public Water Access. The "B" Trail will continue northeast past Morrison Lake, jogging one mile east on Cass County Road 58, following rolling terrain past Reservoir Lake, then turning north on Pikus Forest Road, before connecting to the Cedar Lake Loop of the Moose River Trails.

A small connector trail labeled "AB" will allow the ATV rider to travel from the "A" Trail to the "B" Trail along Papoose Road. The Emily/Outing ATV Trail also connects to the Northwoods Regional ATV Trail through the Moose River Connector Trail. This connector trail connects the eastern part of the Cedar Lake Loop of the Moose River Trail to the Soo Line North Corridor Trail. Once connected to the Northwoods Regional ATV Trail, the ATV rider can connect to all of the Aitkin County Trails, along with connecting to the Soo Line South Corridor Trails, and to towns and cites such as Hill City, Cass Lake, Boy River, Palisade, McGregor and Moose Lake.

Parking/Unloading: Riders are encouraged to park and unload at five designated trail parking areas marked by an Information Kiosk.

  • Emily, MN: Next to old Emily City Hall across from Emily Catholic Church
  • Emily, MN: One block north of Sweets N' Such on Old Hwy 6
  • Granny's Bar & Grill: approximately 4 miles north of Emily
  • Outing, MN: 1/4 mile east on Cass County 58
  • Draper Tower: west side of Moose River Trail, approximately 7 miles north of Outing
  • Pikus Forest Road: east side of Moose River Trail at intersection of Cedar Lake Loop and Pikus Forest Road

October 2017 Trail Update: Crow Wing County filled the Emily Parking Area Kiosk with a poster of the Emily /Outing Trail and additional Rider Information. Check-it out!

MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors: The Emily/Outing GIA ATV State Trail is monitored by MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors. The program exists to promote safe, environmentally responsible operation of OHVs through informational, educational contact and monitoring efforts. Stop and say hello and a thank you to a Volunteer Trail Ambassador!

Trail Maps: The Over The Hills Gang ATV Club typically publishes a new trail map annually which can  be found at most local Emily/Outing businesses, at informational kiosks, or as a printable PDF file here on our site. Small changes as directed by our trail sponsor Cass County, or by the MN Department of Natural Resources requires us to drop or add trail sections. Please check the year on the map for the most up-to-date version.

 

Additional Trails & Information: Check out these other resources for trails and ATV riding information.

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ATV Riding Information - Lakes Region Minnesota

Over The Hills Gang ATV Club