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Superior National Forest Scenic Byway

Scenic Drive
Michelle Pierson

The Superior National Forest Scenic Byway is a 78-mile scenic route in Northeastern Minnesota that connects Lake Superior's North Shore to the historic Iron Range communities. The Byway runs through the Superior National Forest providing travelers with a nice, relaxing driving. The National Forest is home to clean lakes, rivers, streams and bogs, abundant winter snow and alluring summer temperatures, as well as a rich cultural history. In addition, the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway offers access to several recreational opportunities such as bird watching, walking and hiking, fishing, camping and much more.

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

Travelers can visit the Skibo Vista Scenic Overlook near Hoyt Lakes, where the Laurentian Divide can be viewed which captures scenery, wildlife, and especially the fall colors. The White Pine Interpretive Trail is where visitors can walk and marvel at the 250-year White Pine trees along the walkway. Historical and observational information is available at various locations along the trail.

A key highlight along the byway includes the one-room Toimi schoolhouse in which Finnish immigrant children were educated in the early 1900's. Nearby, the Cadotte Lake Recreational Area features a picnic ground, camping, hiking, fishing and boating opportunities. Communities along the route provide shopping, dining, services and fuel.

Length of Scenic Drive

The Superior National Forest Scenic Byway is 78 miles long.

Driving Directions

The Superior National Forest Scenic Byway is also known as Forest Highway 11. Travelers should be aware that the Byway is made up of several county road segments

From the North Shore:

  • Take County Highway 4 at Beaver Bay or County Highway 5 at Silver Bay
  • Take County Highways 15 and 16
  • Veer right on County Highway 110 about 11 miles southeast of Hoyt Lakes

From U.S. Highway 53 on the Iron Range:

  • Turn east on Highway 37 at Eveleth and travel through Gilbert.
  • Turn right on Highway 135 and travel through Biwabik and Aurora to Hoyt Lakes
  • Turn Left at County Highway 16 and continue on County Highway 15
  • Take County Highway 5 to Silver Bay or County Highway 4 to Beaver Bay

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