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Discover the legends of the Gunflint Trail. And write your own.

Welcome to the number one gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness/BWCAW, named one of the world’s “50 places of a lifetime” by National Geographic.

The Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway begins in Grand Marais and winds 57 paved wilderness miles northwest near the border of Canada. But there’s plenty of adventure and amazement before you even get there.

Enjoy the journey. Wander the abundant hiking trails, cozy up in a cabin or lodge, glide across glacier-carved lakes and breathe deep in the pristine boreal forests. Learn the cultural and natural history of the land, lakes and people at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. Along the entire Gunflint Trail, you’ll find plenty of places to canoe, fish, and explore. And plenty of experienced outfitters to help you enjoy your wilderness experience.

(Here’s more about canoe trip outfitting.)

Be sure to have your camera ready along the way. You might just see a moose. Or, a wolf, bear, deer, loon, eagle, fox, lynx…

Whether you’re going for a day or a week, solo or with family, the Gunflint Trail is the place to experience nature at its purest and its best. Part storybook adventure, part enchanted forest. No wonder Walt Disney loved vacationing here.

See for yourself with these LIVE WEB CAMS sprinkled throughout the Gunflint Trail.