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10/20/2016 4:13:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
The Great River Road-National Scenic Byway of the Mississippi River
The Great River Road in Minnesota travels 575 miles beside the legendary Mississippi

River. It is a network of roadways that offers a bounty of river experience, from the pristine

Mississippi headwaters in Itasca State Park through lush forest and the central lakes region, rich farmland and the metro bustle of the Twin Cities, to the awe-inspiring bluffs of Minnesota's south-eastern border. Nature lovers will find ample opportunity to view wildlife along the byway and unique geological features throughout the 11 Great River Road State Parks and numerous scenic areas that border its route.

We invite you to visit an interpretive center or historic site to learn about the history and ecology of the state and the role of the mighty river. Stop to take a hike on a woodland trail, paddle down river in a steamboat or canoe, or catch breathtaking views from the Mississippi bluffs, all the while partaking in one of America's favorite pastimes: The Pleasure Drive.

As you navigate the Great River Road, look for the green pilot's wheel logo with the steamboat in the center. You'll see "National Route" and "State Alternate Route" signs along the byway. The national route takes you on the officially designated Federal Highway Administration journey. The state route is an alternate route along the river that will take you to places of interest... a bit off the beaten path. Way finding on this map is for the National Route only. Please use the Official State Highway Map of Minnesota or visit www.MnMississippiRiver.com for more detailed directions.




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