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Emily Blind Lake ATV Trail Grand Opening

September 15, 2021

The grand opening kick-off will begin at 10 am, on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at the Emily City Park in downtown Emily, MN. Following the kick-off and ribbon cutting, we also invite you to ride the new trail, and then join us for a lunch served by Smokey Jakes BBQ, at a trail shelter at approximately 12:30 pm.

Beginning in 2013, during a club meeting, our club voted to take on this new trail project. It has been eight long, yet productive years, of design, permitting, funding, and construction. Many of you have come out to volunteer to help in the construction or support the trail project at public meetings. It is time to celebrate our accomplishments.

This new multi-use ATV trail is a 16-mile trail connecting the counties of Crow Wing and Aitkin. The trail connects two major north-central Minnesota ATV Trail systems, the Emily Outing Moose River ATV Trails, with the Aitkin County Northwoods Regional ATV Trail System, forming a continuous loop of over 70-miles of Grant-In-Aid (GIA)Trail. Riders using trail amenities in the local communities of Emily, Palisade, Hill City and Outing will add new economic revenue for local businesses.

Please join me, Club Members, our GIA Trail Sponsor Crow Wing County, local businesses, the Outing and Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce, along with other invited guests to celebrate this new recreational trail opening. Further details regarding the grand opening location and agenda can be found on the Eventbrite reservation system. Please RSVP to allow us to prepare accordingly.

Please RSVP to all Options you will be participating in by emailing your name, number of guests, and option number(s), to overthehillsgang@gmail.com or by using the EvenBrite to register.

Option 1: I / We plan to attend the grand opening kick-off only, beginning at 10 am on September 15, 2021. The kick-off will be held at Emily City Park, Emily, MN, located at the intersection of Lake Street, and Crow Wing County Road 1. Just one block east of the intersection of Crow Wing County Road 1 and MN Highway 6. This kick-off will last approximately one-half hour detailing the project, expected impacts, and words from guest speakers.

Option 2: I / We would like to ride the new trail from Emily to the trail shelter located in Aitkin County for lunch. We will bring our own ATV(s). This ride will be approximately 2-hours stopping at some of the trail features along the way. The ride will leave immediately after the kick-off meeting.

Option 3: I / We will join you for the lunch at the trail shelter beginning at approximately 12:30pm. This shelter can be driven to by a highway licensed vehicle. It is located one-half mile south of the intersection of Aitkin County 3 and Aitkin County Forest Road 52-10. A grand-opening banner will be placed at the intersection. This intersection is located approximately 11-miles east of Emily. Follow Crow Wing County 1 east, which turns into Aitkin County Road 3, or coming from the east and US 169, turn west on Grove Street /Aitkin County Road 3 and travel 8.5 miles to the intersection of Aitkin County Forest Road 52-10; look for the grand opening banner. A Q&A session will be held after lunch with additional guest speakers.


September 15, 2021


Over The Hills Gang ATV Club