Minnesota State Highway 38

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Trunk Highway 38 marker

Trunk Highway 38
MN 38 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length46.766 mi[2] (75.263 km)
Edge of the Wilderness
Major junctions
South end US 2 in Grand Rapids
  MN 286 at Marcell
North end MN 1 in Effie
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 37MN 39

Minnesota State Highway 38 (MN 38) is a 46.766-mile-long (75.263 km) 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 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.


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.

Grand Rapids0.0000.000 US 2 – Duluth, Bemidji
Grand Rapids Township3.4275.515County square 61.png CR 61 (Townline Road)
Arbo Township6.47610.422CR 49 (Wabana Road)
Deer Lake12.58420.252CR 60
12.89420.751CR 19
22.31435.911CR 48
23.59037.964CR 49
Marcell28.49345.855 MN 286 west – Talmoon
Marcell Township28.96646.616CR 45
Stokes Township32.94353.017CR 43
Bigfork39.80064.052CR 7 (Cemetery Road)
40.72565.541CR 14
Bigfork Township42.14167.819CR 42
Effie46.85875.411 MN 1 – Cook, Northome, County square 5.png CR 5 north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 4, 2008. 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