Clocking in at 112 miles, the Paul Bunyan State Trail is the longest in Minnesota and one of the longest in the whole country. The trail spans from the Brainerd area to Bemidji, and north to Bemidji State Park. Still to be completed are a short segment in Bemidji and a link from Brainerd south to Crow Wing State Park, which will make the trail a full 120 miles long.
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.