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5 Things You Need To Know

Getting there

Getting to Gunflint Trail typically begins in Grand Marais, MN. If you're flying, the nearest major airport is Duluth International Airport. From there, you can rent a car to embark on your journey to Gunflint Trail, enjoying the scenic drive through the beautiful Northern Minnesota landscape.

Along the way, you will pass multiple iconic Minnesota spots:

Two Harbors

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Split Rock Lighthouse

Palisade Head


Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located at the end of the trail on Saganaga Lake. It serves as a history museum of the Gunflint Trail, offering insights into the area's past. The museum also includes the history of Gunflint Trail lodging and Gunflint Trail cabins. Additionally, the center provides valuable information on the plant and animal species found in the region. These displays create a valuable educational resource for nature enthusiasts and history buffs alike. 

The Trail Center at Poplar Lake

The Trail Center at Poplar Lake, situated 29 miles up the trail, is a convenient stopover on your journey. Here, you'll find a restaurant and bar serving local favorites, making it an ideal spot to refuel both your vehicle and yourself. Additionally, the center offers a gas station, a gift shop, groceries, and information services, ensuring you have everything you need for your adventure along the Gunflint Trail.


While hiking on the Gunflint Trail, you can explore several featured hikes:

Moose Viewing Trail: This short 1/4-mile trail leads to a prime moose lookout platform, offering an excellent opportunity to spot these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

Northern Light Trail: Enjoy a 1-mile uphill hike with rewarding views of Northern Light Lake at the summit. It's a great option for capturing scenic vistas.

Border Route Hiking Trail & Bridal Falls: Embark on a 7-mile round trip adventure along the Border Route Hiking Trail, which culminates at the picturesque Bridal Falls. This longer hike promises a memorable experience in the beautiful wilderness.

Gunflint Trail Lodging

Here are some featured lodging options along the Gunflint Trail:

Trout Lake Resort: Enjoy Gunflint Trail cabins on the picturesque Trout Lake. It's a tranquil retreat, perfect for those seeking quiet relaxation and excellent trout fishing.

Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters: This lakefront resort on the south shore of Gunflint Lake provides a stunning location right on the Canadian border. It offers a range of outdoor activities and a beautiful natural setting.

Hungry Jack Lodge: Located 32 miles up the trail, Hungry Jack Lodge is the only resort on Hungry Jack Lake. It's an ideal starting point for day trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) and offers a wilderness experience.

Other Nearby Attractions





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