Minnesota State Highway 38

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Trunk Highway 38 marker

Trunk Highway 38
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 46.766 mi[2] (75.263 km)
Existed: 1933[1] – present
Tourist
routes:
Edge of the Wilderness
Major junctions
South end: US 2 in Grand Rapids
  MN 286 at Marcell
North end: MN 1 in Effie
Location
Counties: Itasca
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 37 MN 39

Minnesota State Highway 38 (MN 38) is a highway in north-central Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with U.S. Highway 2 in Grand Rapids and continues north to its northern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 1 in Effie.

The entire 47-mile (76 km) length of Highway 38 has been designated a National Scenic Byway under the name Edge of the Wilderness.[3] It is also sometimes called the Northwoods Highway.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 38 serves as a north–south route between Grand Rapids and Effie in north-central Minnesota. The route is noted for being a twisty roadway.

The route passes through many lake resort areas, such as Wabana Lake, Trout Lake, and others.

Highway 38 passes through the Chippewa National Forest between Itasca County Road 19 and Bigfork.[4]

Scenic State Park is located 7 miles east of the junction of Highway 38 and County Road 7 at Bigfork. The park entrance is located on County Road 7.[5]

Highway 38 parallels State Highway 6 throughout its route.

History[edit]

State Highway 38 was authorized in 1933.[1]

The route was completely paved by 1940.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Itasca County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Grand Rapids 0.000 0.000 US 2
Grand Rapids Township 3.427 5.515 County square 61.png CR 61 (Townline Road)
Arbo Township 6.476 10.422 CR 49 (Wabana Road)
Deer Lake 12.584 20.252 CR 60
12.894 20.751 CR 19
22.314 35.911 CR 48
23.590 37.964 CR 49
Marcell 28.493 45.855 MN 286
Marcell Township 28.966 46.616 CR 45
Stokes Township 32.943 53.017 CR 43
Bigfork 39.800 64.052 CR 7 (Cemetery Road)
40.725 65.541 CR 14
Bigfork Township 42.141 67.819 CR 42
Effie 46.858 75.411 MN 1 east-west, County square 5.png CR 5 north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 26-50". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved February 24, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 1" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Edge of the Wilderness". National Scenic Byway Program. U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ Chippewa National Forest website - Link
  5. ^ Minnesota DNR website for Scenic State Park - Link