"Came from Northern Illinois to bike
the Paul Bunyan. Just can't say enough positive things about the trail.
Clean, well marked, pavement in good shape, no trail fees. Will be back
again to vacation in Minnesota because of it."
Illinois 8/10/2012 Email from Alan E.
The Paul Bunyan Trail is the longest MN
Bike trail in Minnesota at 112-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, 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 112 paved miles!
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 a one-half mile segment along
Clausen Avenue. Upon completion, the trail will be approximately 120
These Minnesota Bike Trails offer all
kinds of exciting outdoor adventures including biking, hiking, and
roller-blading. There 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 112 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
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. Previously, studded tracks
were not allowed on the Paul Bunyan Trail; however, the Stud
Restriction has been lifted and the entire trail is now open without
Have Fun, Big Paul
Video courtesy of Galen Erickson - New Horizon Productions Inc.
News Update from Big Paul
February 25, 2011
Paul Bunyan Trail Receives
Rail-to-Trails Conservancy names Paul Bunyan
State Trail to Hall of Fame