Avenue of the Pines


Area Status: Open
A road surrounded by pine trees.

The "Avenue of Pines," Minnesota State Scenic Byway 46 cuts diagonally across the heart of the Chippewa National Forest, creating a 46-mile stretch of travel ways from Highway 2 to Northhome (the reason for which it was named Highway 46).  The route showcases many of the forest's most scenic areas. Some of the Highway's outstanding scenic values include views of mature red pines stands, sparkling lakes, marshes, and aspen stands. Spatial sequences range from enclosed and focused in the pines, to open and expansive near the lake and marsh areas. Island, Round, Nature's, Cut Foot Sioux, Little Ball Club, along with Lake Winnibigoshish, the state's fifth largest lake, give travelers glimpses of northern ecosystems along the byway corridor. A frequent sighting along the highway is the bald eagle.   Other species of northern wildlife frequently sighted include white-tailed deer, black bear, porcupine, and osprey.

At a Glance

Fees: None
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Northome, Deer River
Water: None
Operated By: Operated by the Forest Service
Information Center: Deer River Ranger District Phone: 218-246-2123

General Information

Directions: Highway 46 from Northhome to Deer River, Minnesota

Activities

Viewing Wildlife

The "Avenue of Pines," Minnesota State Scenic Byway 46 cuts diagonally across the heart of the Chippewa National Forest, creating a 46-mile stretch of travel ways from Highway 2 to Northhome (the reason for which it was named Highway 46).  The route showcases many of the forest's most scenic areas. Some of the Highway's outstanding scenic values include views of mature red pines stands, sparkling lakes, marshes, and aspen stands. Spatial sequences range from enclosed and focused in the pines, to open and expansive near the lake and marsh areas. Island, Round, Nature's, Cut Foot Sioux, Little Ball Club, along with Lake Winnibigoshish, the state's fifth largest lake, give travelers glimpses of northern ecosystems along the byway corridor. A frequent sighting along the highway is the bald eagle.   Other species of northern wildlife frequently sighted include white-tailed deer, black bear, porcupine, and osprey.

Species Bird Watching
Special Feature Eagles
Difficulty Level: Easy

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
46 miles