Starting in Grand Marais and heading north then northwest, the Gunflint Trail is a remote wilderness road that winds from Lake Superior’s North Shore through undeveloped forest.
Forged by ancient glaciers, lakes throughout the Gunflint’s wilderness offer peaceful and pristine escapes and great opportunities for wildlife viewing.
The gunflint borders the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a massive wilderness area undeveloped and one of the few places left in north america where once can truly “escape”.
Hiking trails shoot off from the gunflint and include favorites like Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota.
Driving the Gunflint Trail
The GunFlint Trail is great alone as a drive and includes a couple scenic overlooks including:
The Laurentian Divide: About 30 miles up, this is where water stops flowing towards Lake Superior, changing directions and flowing into Canada towards the Hudson
Gunflint Lake: About 42 miles up, here you can see across to the shores of Canada. This lake was used by Voyageurs as the moved through the waterways with their fur trade.
Visit Superior Scenic Byways for more information on the Gunflint Trail.