Fall is a great time to be in Minnesota. The summer humidity is gone, but the winter chill hasn’t quite worked its way in yet. Trips to the lake are replaced with cozy evenings indoors and, if you can’t get enough of autumn, an annual trip to see the leaves. There are hundreds more country roads to explore in the fall, but here are 10 of the most beautiful to start with.
1. Forest Road 166
FR 166, also known as 600 Road, is a remote trail through Superior National Forest in Cook County. You're not likely to come across a whole lot of traffic here, even if you go during peak leaf season.
2. Highway 38
Highway 38 runs from Effie in the north to Grand Rapids in the south. It's also known as the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway. The road passes by many lakes and through Chippewa National Forest. Plan lots of stops along the route to check out the cute towns and parks nearby.
3. Highway 61
Highway 61 runs the length of the entire state, but it's especially beautiful when you travel along the North Shore. Start in Duluth and follow Lake Superior towards Grand Marais. It's a classic Minnesota trip made even better in the fall.
4. Tower Road in Hovland
Hovland is a tiny town in Cook County, but you'll enjoy racing down its hilly roads as you take in the fall foliage. And because it's located within Grand Portage State Forest, there's
a lot of foliage to see.
5. Spring Creek Road in Northfield
Just outside Northfield, this incredible road is a short drive for leaf peepers who live near the Twin Cities.
6. Highway 210
This Minnesota highway runs east-west starting in Duluth and traveling through Brainerd and Fergus Falls before continuing into North Dakota. In the fall, it's a great way to see much of Minnesota's fall colors on a relatively short trip.
7. Highway 30
This one takes you across southern Minnesota, from South Dakota's eastern border to Rushford, Minnesota. Charming small towns along the route will give you plenty to do between looking at fall foliage.
8. Gunflint Trail
The Gunflint Trail is another Minnesota classic. Also known as County Road 12 or Gunflint Scenic Byway, this 55-mile road travels the edge of the Boundary Waters through sprawling forests and around pristine northern lakes. It's a must any time of year, but it's particularly beautiful in autumn.
9. County Road 77 in Crow Wing County
This little county road is well-traveled by those who love to visit quaint Nisswa, Minnesota. You'll see plenty of fall leaves along the way.
10. Wilderness Drive in Itasca State Park
On this drive, you'll pass by several lakes. There are plenty of stops along the way for taking photos and enjoying nature. Lucky visitors get to see wildlife on this scenic drive.
Those are just 10 of Minnesota’s most beautiful country roads to drive in the fall. Which ones have you driven? Do you know of any that didn’t make the list? Let us know!