Beginning in a harbor town on Lake Superior, this paved road heads inland through the rolling hills of Superior National Forest. There are no towns along the route, but side roads lead to resorts, campgrounds, canoe outfitters and boat ramps.
Many of the lakes are within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which is mostly paddle only. There is great fishing here and miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Wildlife abound, so there's a chance of spotting deer, moose or bear, seeing a wide variety of birds, or hearing the howls of wolves. Spend the night at a scenic lakeshore campground or resort, and enjoy a game or fresh fish dinner at a tucked-away wilderness lodge.
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Located on a Lake or River
- The Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway, County Road 12, is accessed from highway 61 in Grand Marais.
Other Date Information
- Gunflint Trail - Grand Marais Information Center in downtown Grand Marais is open daily. Hours vary by season.
- Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
- Energy Efficiency/Conservation
- Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
- Accessible to Disabled
- 57 miles
- Co. Rd. 12 from Grand Marais; road ends at Seagull Lake
- Thick forest of pine, aspen and birch; wilderness lakes.