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.
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