bike trails

No ride along the Paul Bunyan State Trail near Bemidji is complete without a visit to Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
      Eight years of planning, fund raising and construction came to an end this week as the ribbon was cut officially opening the 24-mile Shingobee Connection Trail connecting Walker with the Paul Bunyan Trail from the south.             Now bikers can go south of Walker and reach the Paul Bunyan StateTrail about six miles north of Hackensack. The Paul Bunyan Trail turns sharply to the west...
The Paul Bunyan Trail has long had many natural and cultural treasures to enjoy but there are now treasured geocaches all along its 110-mile length between Brainerd and Bemidji. Now bikers, hikers and roller bladders can participate  The Paul Bunyan GeoTour, a free outdoor treasure hunt where players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then...
The Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails are well highlighted on our Lake Country map. The Itasca and Bemidji State Parks, the Migizi Trail in the Chippewa National Forest along with the bed and breakfast we planned to stay was clearly marked. Our Fourth of July vacation was neatly planned. We fun time for our twin daughters, biking and hiking for mom and dad, neatly set, perfect, no flaws, then...
Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan State Trail, named for the legendary large logger, is arguably the state’s favorite paved trail for hiking, biking, inline skating, snowmobiling, and is now destined to be a geocaching mecca. Geocaching is a free outdoor treasure hunt where players try to locate hidden containers called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.  ...
             Working your way up a long, snowy hill, sailing down the other side, negotiating around birch trees and rocks, and then stopping to take in the beauties of winter aren’t thrills limited to cross country skiers only.             Now, fat tire mountain bikers are enjoying the wilds of winter in greater numbers, thanks to bike innovations and specially-groomed trails at places like the...
The woodlands of north-central Minnesota have a mythical appeal. Legendary lumberjacks loom large around here. The forests are full of wildlife. It's the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," that look like ink spills on a map.  Tucked away among the timbers is the long-striding Paul Bunyan State Trail, which rolls 112 miles from Lake Bemidji State Park on the northern end to Crow Wing State Park. The Paul...
By Kirsti Marohn-Kmarohn: St Cloud Times The Lake Wobegon Regional Trail already covers 62 miles of Stearns County, giving bicyclists, walkers and snowmobilers a traffic-free route from Osakis to St. Joseph. But there’s a critical missing piece, a 7-mile stretch from St. Joseph to the St. Cloud metro area, that will run along an active rail line. Stearns County parks director Chuck Wocken would...
We have known this for a long time and now it is official. Minnesota was named the “Best Trails State” in the nation by American Trails, a national trails group. Mark Holsten, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said this is the result of hard work of many different trail groups. "Active partnerships with all trail users and support groups are the cornerstone of...
If you have ever attempted to put together a puzzle, you know the feeling:  the pieces are spread out on your table sorted by color, but that’s as far as you’ve gotten.  You alternately stare at the image on the box and back at the mess in front of you, when suddenly you snap in one more piece and a picture starts to emerge. A picture, perhaps, of a recreational trail with national significance...

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