The Paul Bunyan Trail is the longest bike trail in Minnesota at 110-miles and it connects the Heartland Trail, the Blue Ox Trail and the Cuyuna State Trail. The portion of the trail from Guthrie south through Laporte toward Walker is now paved. With the paving of this 19 mile segment, newly completed in 2010, the Paul Bunyan Trail now yields a continuously paved trail from Brainerd, MN to Lake Bemidji State Park in Bemidji, Minnesota - a total of 110 paved miles!
Another future paving project in Brainerd and Baxter will provide paved trail access South to the Crow Wing State Park. The Bemidji area paving plans include the addition of a bridge over Bemidji Avenue. These Minnesota Bike Trails offer all kinds of exciting outdoor adventures including biking, hiking, and roller-blading. There are some areas available for bike-in camping and rental bicycles are available at many of the 15 connecting towns.
The terrain of the Paul Bunyan Trail ranges from flat and open to hilly and scenic. Along the 110 miles of trail, there are many areas to stop and rest and enjoy the beauty of nature in Northern Minnesota. Hey, bring along your swimming suit and take a dip in any of the numerous lakes the the Trail parallels. If you like to ‘rough’ it, there are many campsites to pitch a tent, but if you prefer to have a few more human comforts, visit the resorts and hotels along the Paul Bunyan Trail.
And when Old Man Winter blows in, fire up your Polaris snowmobile, your Arctic Cat, or your Ski Doo and have a real adventure on the Trail. However, please be aware that studded tracks are not allowed on the Paul Bunyan Trail.