Avenue of Pines Scenic Byway

A Holiday Message From Our Chairman

The Avenue of Pines Scenic Byway Council works to improve the quality and experience of the Highway 46 corridor and surrounding area between Deer River and Northome. We work to support the communities and businesses along the byway. 

Our businesses need our support now more than ever.  Please consider supporting our local small businesses by ordering takeout or with your holiday shopping if you can afford to. Our businesses have supported our league sports, church fundraisers, and other community activities, including the Avenue of Pines Scenic Byway, throughout the years and our support now will help them withstand the pandemic’s effects and continue to contribute to the area for years to come. 

Many of the businesses have holiday specials that you can find through their Facebook and social media pages. The State of Minnesota has launched #GetTakeoutMN and is encouraging people to share photos and stories on social media using the hashtag #GetTakeoutMN.  The State will share and amplify these posts to help support small businesses.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Pete Strugar, Chairman


The Avenue of Pines Scenic Byway encompasses roughly 47 miles of roadway between Deer River and Northome in northern Minnesota. The route follows the entirety of Minnesota 46, and much of it passes through publicly-owned land, including the Chippewa National Forest. This scenic byway was first designated as a state byway back in 1989 with the help of the U.S. Forest Service.

This byway has a lot to offer as a gateway to lakes, recreation, and a large section of older-growth pine forest.  Resorts in the byway corridor offer many activities along the lakes in addition to fishing, and these same resorts are looking to further expand what they offer to visitors collectively as part of the byway.  The Lost 40 State Natural Area offers visitors a glimpse at the oldest pine forests in the state, with some pine trees roughly 400 years old.  Many local residents call the Avenue of Pines home, with small towns dotting the corridor area.  They too look to the byway as a recreational gateway for bicycling, snowmobiling, and other activities. 


Avenue of Pines Corridor Management Plan

Avenue of Pines Byway Council Strategic Plan

Online Map

Chippewa National Forest Avenue of Pines Webpage

Explore Minnesota

More Information

Josh Bergstad
Principal Planner