Scenic Byway

The Gunflint Trail is a State Scenic Byway that winds itself 56 miles from Grand Marais, Minnesota to the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  It is a paved highway that travels through the Superior National Forest and into the wilderness.  The Scenic Byway Committee met yesterday and discussed enhancing some of the "rest areas" on the Gunflint Trail.  Currently there are a couple of pull-offs, one with a wilderness latrine that hasn’t been found since the  Blowdown.  The enhancements will include signage, latrines, and a picnic table for people traveling the Trail.  Another topic was the cutting of timbers along the Gunflint Trail.  Many of the trees have been standing for over 100 years and are reaching the end of their life span.  In order to promote new growth the USFS would like to do some selective cutting and planting of red and white pines.  The Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway offers scenic beauty, history, and lots of wildlife to people traveling it.