The Sawbill Trail Tofte to Grand Marais through the Laurentian Highlands

Tofte, Minnesota

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General description: Rising rapidly from the Lake Superior shore into the Laurentian Highlands, this 56-mile circuit arcs through a rugged landscape of forests, lakes, wetlands, and streams, passing the highest point in the state. Beautiful lakeside campgrounds and trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling abound along the famed Sawbill and Gunflint Trails. Mostly gravel but well-maintained, the route ends in the picturesque resort town of Grand Marais. Special attractions: Views of the Sawtooth Mountains, lakes, rivers, wetlands, and sharply rolling forest in a wilderness setting; commercial fishing museum in Tofte; trail to Eagle Mountain, highest point in Minnesota; canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and camping in the Superior National Forest; opportunity to see bald eagles, ospreys, moose, beavers, and other wildlife; spectacular Lake Superior overlook at Pincushion Mountain near Grand Marais. 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)

General description: Rising rapidly from the Lake Superior shore into the Laurentian Highlands, this 56-mile circuit arcs through a rugged landscape of forests, lakes, wetlands, and streams, passing the highest point in the state. Beautiful lakeside campgrounds and trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling abound along the famed Sawbill and Gunflint Trails. Mostly gravel but well-maintained, the route ends in the picturesque resort town of Grand Marais.

Special attractions: Views of the Sawtooth Mountains, lakes, rivers, wetlands, and sharply rolling forest in a wilderness setting; commercial fishing museum in Tofte; trail to Eagle Mountain, highest point in Minnesota; canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and camping in the Superior National Forest; opportunity to see bald eagles, ospreys, moose, beavers, and other wildlife; spectacular Lake Superior overlook at Pincushion Mountain near Grand Marais. 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: Tofte
Distance: 56
Season: Year-round, may be difficult in winter
Local Contacts: Superior National Forest, Tofte Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to The Sawbill Trail: Tofte to Grand Marais through the Laurentian Highlands

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