From Cataldo Mission, Idaho’s oldest standing building, to the picturesque town of St. Maries and Potlatch, the 83 miles of the White Pine Scenic Byway passes lush forests, farm land, mountains, lakes and marshlands to the St. Maries and St. Joe rivers. The largest stand of white pine in the country lies along Idaho 6 in the St. Joe National Forest. And Potlatch was once site of the largest white pine lumber mill in the world.
Allow two hours for this 83 mile drive, plus time to wet a fishing line, take a hike, strap on cross-country skis, or explore the towns along the way. Begin at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 3, south on Idaho 3 to Idaho 6, then southwest to U.S. 95 at Potlatch.
The White Pine Byway (Idaho 3) runs through the St. Joe National Forest and the entrance to the St. Joe Scenic Byway, intersecting with the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway (Idaho 97). Then follows along the Coeur d’Alene River until it intersects with Interstate 90.
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