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 travelways from Highway 2 near Deer River, MN to Northome. The route showcases many of the forest's most scenic areas including stands of mature red pines along the "Avenue" sparkling lakes and marshes. Views range from enclosed and focused in the pines, to open and expansive near the lake and marsh areas. Lakes abound, including Island, Round, Nature's, Cut Foot Sioux, Little Ball Club, andLake Winnibigoshish, the state's fifth largest lake. Avenue of the Pines gives travelers a glimpse of northern ecosystems along the byway corridor. Watch for eagles, bear, deer, osprey.
Length of Scenic Drive46 miles
The Avenue Of the Pines State Scenic Byway (Highway 46) begins along Highway 2 near Deer River and travels 46 miles north to Northome, MN.
Highlights and Key Points Along the Route
Many national forest campgrounds along highway 46, including Onegume, Mosomo Point on Cut Foot Sioux chain. Boat landing near Mosomo Point onto Cut Foot Sioux lake is a popular fishing launch spot on Fishing Opener. The Cut Foot Sioux Visitor is also located in this central spot along the Avenue of the Pines and is open late May to Early September.
Hikers will enjoy the Simpson Creek and Cut Foot Sioux Trail Systems, and horse enthusiasts set out for the Cut Foot Horse Camp, just off the Scenic Byway. The camp is centered in a number of roads and trails perfect for horse back riding.
Those interested in history will enjoy the Cut Foot Sioux CCC camp just north of the visitor center, approximately 1/2 mile off Forest Road 2171. Farther north, the Continental Divide Wayside rest and the northernmost section of the Cut Foot Sioux hiking trail loop.