Edge of the Wilderness Loop Grand Rapids - Bigfork via Minnesota Highway 38

Marcell, Minnesota

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A 70- to 85-mile loop through the dramatically glaciated terrain of the Chippewa National Forest between Grand Rapids and Bigfork. Scaling richly wooded moraine hills and skirting numerous lakes, marshes, and bogs, the route passes semi-primitive recreation areas and a state park with virgin stands of pine. Choose between two alternate returns to Grand Rapids: through the woods or through the man-made canyons of the Mesabi Iron Range. Special attractions: Forest History Center and Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids; wonderful views of lakes and hills in Chippewa National Forest; virgin pine and spectacular glacial topography at Scenic State Park near Bigfork; Trout Lake Recreation Area, a wilderness tract developed from a grand summer estate; the Big Fork River, one of the Upper Midwest’s premier canoe routes; Wabana Trails and Wildflower Sanctuary; hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, bald-eagle watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Minnesota

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Scenic Driving Minnesota

by Phil Davies (Falcon Guides)

A 70- to 85-mile loop through the dramatically glaciated terrain of the Chippewa National Forest between Grand Rapids and Bigfork. Scaling richly wooded moraine hills and skirting numerous lakes, marshes, and bogs, the route passes semi-primitive recreation areas and a state park with virgin stands of pine. Choose between two alternate returns to Grand Rapids: through the woods or through the man-made canyons of the Mesabi Iron Range.

Special attractions: Forest History Center and Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids; wonderful views of lakes and hills in Chippewa National Forest; virgin pine and spectacular glacial topography at Scenic State Park near Bigfork; Trout Lake Recreation Area, a wilderness tract developed from a grand summer estate; the Big Fork River, one of the Upper Midwest’s premier canoe routes; Wabana Trails and Wildflower Sanctuary; hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, bald-eagle watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Phil Davies/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Marcell
Distance: 85
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Scenic State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Edge of the Wilderness Loop: Grand Rapids - Bigfork via Minnesota Highway 38

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