September 18, 2019

Lady Slipper Scenic Byway goes the Mississippi River, where it passes out of Cass Lake as a wilderness stream, close to the beginning of its long journey and through the woods where the pines, aspen, and birches of the Chippewa National Forest, which covers a wide expanse of north central Minnesota. This rustic route is one of 22 Minnesota Scenic Byways, and the perfect route to take to your summer stay in the Minnesota Northwoods.

The byway itself is a 28-mile drive that follows County Road 39 through the Minnesota Northwoods. Along with scenic views of the forest, the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway brings you to campgrounds, beaches, trails and an interesting piece of our country’s history: CCC Camp Rabideau, located 7 miles south of Blackduck. It is the most intact CCC camp in the United States and in now a National Historic Landmark.

This byway was recently renamed in honor of the state flower, the showy lady’s slipper. These lovely orchids, with pink pouches and white petals, grow in abundance along the byway’s roadsides in late June, especially just north of Pennington. All summer, watch for a variety of birds near the rivers and lakes the byway passes.

Start planning your next Minnesota Northwoods getaway to explore the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway today!

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