About Us + History

About Us + History

We’ve been around for a few million years,
but we won’t go back that far.

Newly opened Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center tells the stories of the people of the Gunflint Trail and the natural history of the area.

The exposed granite geology of the Boundary Waters has been around awhile. As have the glacial lakes and towering pine forests of Minnesota’s north woods. The Gunflint Trail? Well, that road’s been winding people through our little piece of nature for more than 50 years and changing lives forever.

The Gunflint Trail Association, on the other hand, is a group of resort owners and outfitters who’ve called the Trail home since the early 1900’s.

The mining industry, which flourished briefly until it was discovered that the iron was too difficult to remove from the local rock, left many artifacts and sites to be viewed by the curious hiker. Abandoned railroads, ruins of cabins and towns, even antiquated equipment can all be found as you hike the Gunflint Trail forests. Trapper’s cabins, leftover from the days when many of the local residents relied upon furs for their income, can still be seen left almost as if ready for the next trapper to drop in.

For more information visit the Gunflint Trail Historical Society.

Or, Download our GTA Visitor Guide Brochure (pdf).


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