Edge of the Wilderness

National Scenic BywayMinnesota

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  • Learning about Logging at the Forest History Center

    Children and adults will learn about logging at the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

  • Abandoned Structures at the Lind-Greenway Mine

    Old relics of the Lind-Greenway Mine can still be seen along the byway.

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  • Autumn Reflections in a Lake

    Clouds in a sunny sky are reflected in the gentle ripples of this lake near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, along with trees touched by fall.

  • Pughole Birches

    The moss-covered trunks of four birches stretch in the foreground of this autumn lake photo.

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  • "Grand Rapids - City Meets Country" Sign

    This sign talks about harvesting the local forests for paper, and stands on a street corner in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

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  • Three-part Panel at the Laurentian Divide

    This three-part interpretive panel at the Laurentian Divide rest area on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway provides area information.

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  • Bigfork Bridge

    Bigfork Bridge blends into the landscape on the Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • Welcome to Bigfork

    An attractive sign welcomes travelers to Bigfork, an Edge of the Wilderness community.

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  • Bigfork Interpretive Site

    A covered interpretive site in Bigfork offers visitors a chance to stretch their legs and become oriented with the area.

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  • Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway Sign

    A beautifully designed wood and river rock sign welcomes travelers to the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway in Big Fork, MN.

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  • Bigfork Interpretive Site

    A covered interpretive site in Bigfork offers visitors a chance to stretch their legs and become oriented with the area.

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  • The Gateway to Edge of the Wilderness in Effie

    Interpretive plaques line the gateway to the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, beginning in Effie, MN.

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  • Interpretive Signs at Pughole Lake

    Interpretive signs overlook Pughole Lake.

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  • An Interpretive Sign at Pughole Lake

    This interpretive sign discusses how the lake went from being used for transportation to a recreational site.

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  • Bridge in Bigfork

    Bigfork Bridge leads travelers over the river to the interpretive site.

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  • Bridge in Bigfork

    Bigfork Bridge leads travelers over the river to the interpretive site.

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  • Bigfork Interpretive Site

    The Bigfork Interpretive Site is situated at the end of the Bigfork Bridge.

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  • Concept Designs

    This illustration shows concept designs for the gateway to Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • Gateway Concept Designs

    This illustration shows concept designs for the gateway to Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • Gateway Concept Designs

    This illustration shows concept designs for the gateway to Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • Gigantic Mosquito in Effie

    Have gigantic mosquitoes invaded Effie? Nope, but there is a sculpture of one near the Welcome to Effie sign.

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  • Grand Rapids Gateway

    The gateway to the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway in Grand Rapids welcomes visitors to one of the terminus towns of the Byway.

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  • Interpretive Signs in Grand Rapids

    Interpretive signs in Grand Rapids offer more information about the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Interpretive Sign by the Wayside

    An interpretive sign blends into the landscape on the wayside of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Interpretive Sign

    The USFS dedicates an interpretive sign on at the Laurentian Divide wayside of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Interpretive Plaque and Boat Ramp

    Interpretive signs are located near a boat ramp.

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  • Roadside Byway Sign on Edge of the Wilderness

    A road sign marks the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Roadside Marker in the Winter

    The roadside byway sign for Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway shows up clearly, even on snowy days.

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  • Wayside on the Edge of the Wilderness

    A nicely kept USFS wayside doubles as a rest stop on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • USFS Wayside on the Edge of the Wilderness

    Lovely stonework lines a walkway at a nicely kept wayside on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Wayside on the Edge of the Wilderness

    A nicely kept USFS wayside doubles as a rest stop on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Bigfork Interpretive Site

    The Bigfork Interpretive Site welcomes travelers to the Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • Covered Interpretive Panel at Bigfork

    A covered interpretive panel offers information for travelers of the Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • "A Minute Inspection of Nature's Works"

    Thoreau advises that we make use of our time caught in a rainshower by making a closer inspection of Nature's works.

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  • "New Water Every Day"

    Monday's piece of advice from Thoreau encourages us to constantly refresh our lives.

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  • Covered Interpretive Panel at Bigfork

    A covered interpretive panel offers information for travelers of the Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • North Entrance to Bigfork

    Welcome to Bigfork, an Edge of the Wilderness community!

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  • Crossing the Bridge in Bigfork

    Drivers cross a bridge in Bigfork, which is near a major byway interpretive station.

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  • Stone Sign Concept Building

    This building has stone worked in a way which was used in some Edge of the Wilderness byway features.

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  • "We Roamed for Some Hours"

    The "Tuesday" verse from Thoreau's poem is etched on this pillar at the Bigfork Interpretive site.

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  • "A Walk on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers"

    The title of Thoreau's poem, "A Walk on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," is etched on this pillar at the Bigfork Interpretive site.

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  • "Whether We Live"

    The "Saturday" verse from Thoreau's poem is etched on this pillar at the Bigfork Interpretive site.

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  • Bigfork Interpretive Kiosk

    Stone and wood set off this splendid interpretive center for the Edge of the Wilderness in Bigfork.

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  • Byway Logo on Wayside Rafters

    The Edge of the Wilderness logo is prominently displayed against the rafters of the Bigfork wayside.

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  • Edge of the Wilderness

    Autumn tints a roadside tree on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Gateway Concept Design

    This is a sketch of one gateway concept design for the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Gateway Pillar in Grand Rapids

    Byway travelers know they have entered the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway when they see this stone and wood gateway sign.

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  • Gateway Pillar in Grand Rapids

    Byway travelers know they have entered the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway when they see this stone and wood gateway sign.

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  • Interpretive Sign at a National Forest Wayside

    The Edge of the Wilderness logo is used on an interpretive sign at a USFS wayside.

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  • Red Truck at Pughole Lake

    A red truck parks next to an interpretive sign at Pughole Lake.

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  • Mile Marker Sign for Edge of the Wilderness

    The sites are indicated at mile marker signs along the byway. This one is at mile marker 47.0.

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  • State Highway 38 and Byway Roadsigns

    The State Highway 38 and Edge of the Wilderness roadsigns coexist quite nicely beside the road.

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  • Mile Marker Sign for Edge of the Wilderness

    The sites are indicated at mile marker signs along the byway. This one is the first (mile 0.0)

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  • "I Can Recall To Mind"

    The "Wednesday" verse from Thoreau's poem is etched on this pillar at the Bigfork Interpretive site.

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  • "Like the Turning of a Leaf"

    A quote by Thoreau is inscribed on a marker at the Bigfork Interpretive Site.

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  • "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers"

    Inscriptions covering each day of the week are taken from Thoreau's short essay, "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers."

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  • Gateway Concept Designs

    This illustration shows concept designs for the Grand Rapids gateway to Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • Bigfork Interpretive Site

    A covered interpretive site in Bigfork offers visitors a chance to stretch their legs and become oriented with the area.

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  • Bigfork Interpretive Site

    A covered interpretive site in Bigfork offers visitors a chance to stretch their legs and become oriented with the area.

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  • Bigfork Interpretive Site

    A covered interpretive site in Bigfork offers visitors a chance to stretch their legs and become oriented with the area.

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  • Autumn Lake on Edge of the Wilderness

    A crystal clear lake mirrors a party cloudy sky on a beautiful fall day on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

  • Birches Along the Byway in Winter

    A stand of birch trees in winter offers a beautiful winter backdrop.

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  • Turtle Lake

    Turtle Lake is one of several scenic aspects of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Spectacular Fall Colors on Prairie Lake

    The glassy waters of Prairie Lake reflect fall colors, with cabin in the background on the Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • Bicycling the Byway in Bigfork

    Young bikers enjoy a day in Bigfork on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Chimney at the Day Lake CCC Camp

    A traveler stands near the ruins of this chimney.

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  • The Hilly Terrain of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

    The Byway undulates along the natural curves and surface of the landscape.

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  • A Dock on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

    This dock at North Star Lake allows visitors to dip a fishing line into the water.

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  • Fall Color Tour at the Chippewa National Forest

    Motorists enjoy the Fall Color Tour at the Chippewa National Forest.

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  • A Peaceful Day at Pughole Lake

    A slight breeze ripples the surface of Pughole Lake.

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  • Pughole Lake at Sunset

    The setting sun reflects off the surface of Pughole Lake.

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  • Lilypads on Pughole Lake

    Lilypads occupy the surface of Pughole Lake.

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  • A Hunter and His Dog

    A hunter and his dog enjoy the season on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Serene and Scenic Pughole Lake

    Lush forest and wild grass surround Pughole Lake.

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  • Colorful foliage on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

    Orange folliage is contrasted by green grass and pines in early fall.

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  • Snowshoeing on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

    A snowshoer treks across the newly fallen snow on a frozen lake on Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • The Way to Surprise Lake

    A sign marks Surprise Lake.

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  • A Family of Ducks on the Lake

    A family of ducks enjoy the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Fall on the Edge

    Trees turn vibrant fall hues in Northern Minnesota

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  • A Visitor Learns about the Area

    A Byway visitor meets with an employee from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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  • Horseback Riding on the Edge of the Wilderness

    A couple enjoys the scenery of the Byway on horseback.

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  • Fall Wonder Around Every Bend

    A curve in the road reveals more fall color around the bend.

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  • A Rowboat at the Dock

    A rowboat drifts close to a dock at Pughole Lake.

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  • Campers on the Edge of the Wilderness

    Campers relax at one of the many campsites located on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Canoeing on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

    Visitors take advantage of the crisp fall weather along the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Lilypads on Pughole Lake

    Lilypads float on the surface of Pughole Lake.

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  • The Lind-Greenway Mine Interpretive Site

    The Lind-Greenway Mine is a reminder of the area's economic history.

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  • The Tender Tourist Trap in Marcell, Minnesota

    Flats of perennials greet visitors at the Tender Tourist Trap in Marcell, MN.

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  • Astounding Color on Prairie Lake

    Vivid autumn colors are reflected on the surface of Prairie Lake.

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  • Browsing for Bargains on the Edge of the Wilderness

    Folks check out the bargains at Edge of the Wilderness' Byway-long garage sale, because 'Bargains are Great on Hwy 38'.

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  • Giant Mosquito and Welcome Sign in Effie

    Giant mosquito (and welcome sign) welcomes byway travelers to Effie at the north entrance gateway to the Edge of the Wilderness.

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  • Boat Launch at North Star Lake

    A visitor stands on the boat launch.

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  • Byway Gateway at Bigfork

    Byway gateway welcomes travelers.

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  • An Old Barn Outside of Bigfork

    A big red barn sits in the background of this picturesque scene by the roadside of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway in Minnesota.

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  • Chimney at Old Day Lake CCC Camp

    A Byway traveler stands next to an old chimney on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Fishing Near Bigfork

    Some fishermen travel up the river in Bigfork.

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  • The Entrance to Bigfork

    Sign welcomes out-of-towners to Bigfork.

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  • Fall Color Tour on the Edge of the Wilderness

    Signs like this mark the Fall Color Tour.

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  • The River Near Bigfork

    Fishermen motor up the river on a lovely fall day.

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  • Fishermen on North Star Lake

    Fishermen take advantage of a beautiful day on North Star Lake.

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  • Gateway to the Edge of the Wilderness

    This gateway in Bigfork marks the beginning of the Byway.

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  • Fishing on North Star Lake

    Travelers fish from a rowboat on North Star Lake.

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  • Gateway to the Byway

    This stately gate provides access to the Byway.

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  • Lovely Park in Bigfork

    This park and gate are located at the beginning of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • A Garage Sale on the Edge of the Wilderness

    Shoppers hunt for bargains at a garage sale.

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  • Great Deals on the Edge of the Wilderness

    Garage sales bring the community together.

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  • Bargains Along the Road

    Bargain shoppers find treasures along the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Father and Son Fishing Trip

    A father and son fish near a bridge on the Mississippi.

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  • The Mighty Mississippi

    Clouds float by on a beautiful day on the Mississippi.

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  • The Mississippi River Near Grand Rapids

    Dense foliage lines the Mississippi River.

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  • Early Fall on the Mississippi

    The Mississippi River glistens in the afternoon sunlight.

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  • A Scenic Lake on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

    This lake is located behind the Ranger Station in Marcell.

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  • Log Building Near the Ranger Station

    A log building sits nestled in the trees near the ranger station in Marcell, MN.

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  • Marcell Ranger Station

    This ranger station in Marcell is located in the Chippewa National Forest.

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  • Tailing Pile at Old Lind-Greenway Mine

    Relics of the Lind-Greenway Mine are still visible.

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  • A Tourist Near the Marcell Ranger Station

    A visitor relaxes at a picnic bench at the Marcell Ranger Station.

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  • Electro-Metabograph Machine

    This impressive-looking but completely useless contraption is part of the "Quackery Hall of Fame" in the Science Museum in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • A View of the Road

    The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway curves through the Chippewa National Forest.

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  • Roadside Cafe in Effie

    Locals meet at a small cafe in Effie, Minnesota.

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  • Old Central School in Grand Rapids

    The Old Central School offers classes in floral design and stained glass among others, in the many shops now housed inside this school converted to a mall and civic center.

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  • Kiosk at the Laurentain Divide Rest Stop

    Visitors read about the Laurentian Divide at an informative kiosk at the rest area.

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  • A Sign for the Laurentian Divide

    This sign visible from the roadside at the turnoff to the rest area marks the Laurentian Divide.

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  • Overlook on the Laurentian Divide

    This sign is on a small interpretive trail at the Laurentian Divide rest area. However, it sure doesn't look like much of an "overlook" to me!

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  • Description of the Laurentian Divide

    This sign at the "Scenic Overlook" point on the interpretive loop trail at the rest area explains to visitors the history and features of the Laurentian Divide.

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  • A View of the Road from the Laurentian Divide

    This view of the road near the Laurentian Divide is typical of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Parking Lot at Suomi Hills

    A car parks by the northern trail head in Suomi Hills.

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  • A Panoramic View of Surprise Lake

    The surface of Surprise Lake ripples slightly.

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  • The Edge of Surprise Lake

    The trees along Surprise Lake extend all the way to the water.

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  • Surprise Lake in Early Fall

    A glimpse of the lake can be seen through the trees.

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  • A Clear Day on Pughole Lake

    Foliage frames this sunny view of Pughole Lake.

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  • Veterans Memorial in Big Fork

    This memorial in Big Fork pays tribute to veterans of past wars.

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  • Grand Rapids Visitor Center

    A visitor finds some useful information about Grand Rapids at this Visitor Center built in a restored train depot near the center of town, and right off of Hwy 38.

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  • Joyce Estate Lodge Cabin from Trout Lake

    Joyce Estate Lodge Cabin on the shore of Trout Lake. A green forest surrounds the cabin to the back, and a small boat sits by the lake in the foreground.

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  • Highway 38 Through the Forest

    The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway curves by a highway road sign that stands beside the road in the forest. Evergreens and birches crowd close to the road.

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  • Lake on Edge of Wilderness

    Evergreens line a lake on a bright day with fluffy clouds.

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  • Fall on the Road by Kremor Lake

    Trees in their autumnal yellow and orange colors line the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway. A Kremor Lake road sign stands beside the road.

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  • Fall by a Lake

    Vivid reds leaves on maples contrast against the deep blue waters of a lake on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway. White clouds dapple the clear autumn sky.

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  • Information Station on Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

    A roofed kiosk built of round river rocks resembles a well in this small town on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway.

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  • Bikers on the Mesabi Trail

    Two bikers peddle along the legendary Mesabi Trail amidst beautiful fall foliage.

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  • Sailing at Dusk on Leech Lake

    Boaters enjoy a tranquil sailing trip on Leech Lake.

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