There are so many possibilities for day trip options on the Gunflint Trail it’s difficult to decide what to do when you have a free day. The obvious choice is to go canoeing but there’s the not so obvious options such as hiking, biking, fishing and shopping. While shopping never appears at the top of my list there are alot of people who like to browse all of the small gift shops at the resorts along the Trail. It’s a great excuse to drive down each road and check out what all of the resorts look like.
Biking on the Gunflint Trail itself isn’t a great idea due to the non-existent shoulders and lack of bike paths. Off of the Gunflint Trail there are quite a few options to choose from. There’s the old Gunflint Trail(County Road 92), Pine Mountain Road, Lima Mountain Road, Greenwood Road and many other shorter logging roads you can explore.
Hiking is one of my favorite activities and there are plenty of trails to choose from. There’s the Magnetic Rock Trail, Seagull Lake Nature Trail, Centennial Trail, Lima Mountain Trail, Northern Lights(Blueberry Hill), all of the trails at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center and all of the spur trails leading to the Border Route Trail to name a few. They are all different lengths and different terrain and you could spend days hiking and still not hike them all. The best part of hiking on the Gunflint Trail is there are very few other people hiking.
Fishing is a favorite activity but I guess you could say I’m a fair weather fisher woman. I like to be in the boat out on the water when it’s a beautiful sunny day whether or not the fish are biting. But if it isn’t a nice day outside then I don’t necessarily need to be fishing. There are so many lakes to choose from on the Gunflint Trail all offering different species and scenery.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do on the Gunflint Trail. So many things to choose from you’ll have too little time to do them all and need to return again and again to get them all in.