Bike the Paul Bunyan Trail
When a missing link was paved last summer, the north and south segments of the Paul Bunyan Trail finally met, providing a paved bikeway for 110 miles between the Brainerd area and 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.
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 on 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.
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