Clocking in at 115 miles, the Paul Bunyan State Trail is the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the country. The trail spans from Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd to Bemidji State Park, north of Bemidji.
The trail explores this north woods and lakes country, with plenty of resorts, campgrounds and friendly trail towns as a base for a biking getaway. Most of the trail is level, following an old railway bed, with the exception of a hilly 9-mile segment in the Chippewa National Forest northwest of Hackensack.
The Paul Bunyan Trail links to the paved Heartland Trail near Walker.
These miles of scenic trail are a great treat for cyclists, whether they're looking for an hour's outing with the kids or several days of exploring by bike. You can print out a trail map from the DNR website.
To explore more great biking opportunities statewide, order the Minnesota Biking guide.