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Blue Ox Trail (Voyageur Trail)

96.5 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Dirt

Circle L Trail

10 mi
State: MN
Dirt, Grass

Circle T Trail

39.5 mi
State: MN
Dirt, Grass

Heartland State Trail

49 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Paul Bunyan State Trail

119.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Shingobee Connection Trail

6.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Soo Line Trail - Northern Route

148 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Gravel

Wapiti Trail

50.17 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Dirt, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Blue Ox–Voyageur Trail is a multi-use trail that permits ATVs and snowmobiles. It also accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians along the former railroad right-of-way between...
MN 96.5 mi Ballast, Dirt
The Circle L Trail follows an abandoned logging railroad grade, which was used during the logging of the Bigfork River valley during the early 1900s. The trail passes through George Washington State...
MN 10 mi Dirt, Grass
The Circle T Trail forms a giant loop through the George Washington State Forest in the potholed lake region of northern Minnesota. The remote trail is one in a series of trails in the region and...
MN 39.5 mi Dirt, Grass
The Heartland State Trail is one of many long-distance trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When established in 1974, it became one of the first rail-trail conversions in...
MN 49 mi Asphalt
Paul Bunyan State Trail, stretching 123 miles from Bemidji to Brainerd, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. This distance includes its newest segment, completed in 2014, that extended...
MN 119.3 mi Asphalt
The Shingobee Connection Trail, spanning nearly 7 miles, offers a key link between two much longer rail-trails—the Paul Bunyan State Trail and Heartland State Trail—making it possible to travel more...
MN 6.8 mi Asphalt
The Soo Line North Trail travels for 148 miles through forest and bog between Moose Lake in the south and Cass Lake in the north. The trail, which is popular with ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in...
MN 148 mi Ballast, Gravel
The Wapiti Trail is primarily used by snowmobilers and connects with the Big Red Lake Bog and McTrail system trails. The remote trail passes among boreal forests of willow and poplar. You may see...
MN 50.17 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass

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Paul Bunyan State Trail

MN - 119.3 miles

Paul Bunyan State Trail, stretching 123 miles from Bemidji to Brainerd, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. This distance includes its newest segment, completed in 2014, that extended...

Heartland State Trail

MN - 49 miles

The Heartland State Trail is one of many long-distance trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When established in 1974, it became one of the first rail-trail conversions in...

Shingobee Connection Trail

MN - 6.8 miles

The Shingobee Connection Trail, spanning nearly 7 miles, offers a key link between two much longer rail-trails—the Paul Bunyan State Trail and Heartland State Trail—making it possible to travel more...

Blue Ox Trail (Voyageur Trail)

MN - 96.5 miles

The Blue Ox–Voyageur Trail is a multi-use trail that permits ATVs and snowmobiles. It also accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians along the former railroad right-of-way between...

Shingobee Connection Trail

MN - 6.8 miles

The Shingobee Connection Trail, spanning nearly 7 miles, offers a key link between two much longer rail-trails—the Paul Bunyan State Trail and Heartland State Trail—making it possible to travel more...

Circle T Trail

MN - 39.5 miles

The Circle T Trail forms a giant loop through the George Washington State Forest in the potholed lake region of northern Minnesota. The remote trail is one in a series of trails in the region and...

Heartland State Trail

MN - 49 miles

The Heartland State Trail is one of many long-distance trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When established in 1974, it became one of the first rail-trail conversions in...

Accordion

Wapiti Trail

MN - 50.17 miles

The Wapiti Trail is primarily used by snowmobilers and connects with the Big Red Lake Bog and McTrail system trails. The remote trail passes among boreal forests of willow and poplar. You may see...

Circle L Trail

MN - 10 miles

The Circle L Trail follows an abandoned logging railroad grade, which was used during the logging of the Bigfork River valley during the early 1900s. The trail passes through George Washington State...

Soo Line Trail - Northern Route

MN - 148 miles

The Soo Line North Trail travels for 148 miles through forest and bog between Moose Lake in the south and Cass Lake in the north. The trail, which is popular with ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in...

Paul Bunyan State Trail

MN - 119.3 miles

Paul Bunyan State Trail, stretching 123 miles from Bemidji to Brainerd, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. This distance includes its newest segment, completed in 2014, that extended...

Paul Bunyan State Trail

MN - 119.3 miles

Paul Bunyan State Trail, stretching 123 miles from Bemidji to Brainerd, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. This distance includes its newest segment, completed in 2014, that extended...

Circle L Trail

MN - 10 miles

The Circle L Trail follows an abandoned logging railroad grade, which was used during the logging of the Bigfork River valley during the early 1900s. The trail passes through George Washington State...

Heartland State Trail

MN - 49 miles

The Heartland State Trail is one of many long-distance trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When established in 1974, it became one of the first rail-trail conversions in...

Wapiti Trail

MN - 50.17 miles

The Wapiti Trail is primarily used by snowmobilers and connects with the Big Red Lake Bog and McTrail system trails. The remote trail passes among boreal forests of willow and poplar. You may see...

Accordion

Soo Line Trail - Northern Route

MN - 148 miles

The Soo Line North Trail travels for 148 miles through forest and bog between Moose Lake in the south and Cass Lake in the north. The trail, which is popular with ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in...

Circle T Trail

MN - 39.5 miles

The Circle T Trail forms a giant loop through the George Washington State Forest in the potholed lake region of northern Minnesota. The remote trail is one in a series of trails in the region and...

Shingobee Connection Trail

MN - 6.8 miles

The Shingobee Connection Trail, spanning nearly 7 miles, offers a key link between two much longer rail-trails—the Paul Bunyan State Trail and Heartland State Trail—making it possible to travel more...

Blue Ox Trail (Voyageur Trail)

MN - 96.5 miles

The Blue Ox–Voyageur Trail is a multi-use trail that permits ATVs and snowmobiles. It also accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians along the former railroad right-of-way between...

Recent Trail Reviews

Paul Bunyan State Trail

May 2017

May, 2017 by latriciadavis

My husband came up from Missouri and rode the trail from Crow Wing to Lake Bemidji. It is a beautiful ride. However, the signs are very confusing in places. In Brainard there were Paul Bunyan signs and then you would come to an intersection and there would be a MTR trail signs. Being unfamiliar with the trail we were quite confused. Then in Bemidji they need to distinguished between the main trail and the city connection routes. Overall, it was a great ride.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

What causes the bumps?

April, 2017 by jchapline

A friend and I biked from Baxter to Bemidji and back, two years ago, in July 2015. It's a beautiful trail and a fun ride. I'm not complaining, but I'm curious about the bumps and ridges in the trail. There are long sections that have raised ridges across the trail at frequent intervals. Relying on my memory, almost two years after that ride, I would say there was a raised ridge across the trail about every 20 feet. Possibly caused by frost, I don't know. In other sections, there were a lot of 2-inch-high bumps where plants were forcing their way up through the asphalt. Will the bumpiness stay the same, get worse, or is it repaired at intervals? What's the plant that can grow right through an asphalt trail?

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Needs better signs

January, 2017 by tim.bee

This is a great trail from Crow Wing State Park with lots of small hills & curves. Once you get to Baxter it becomes very confusing because there is another trail (MRT) that sometimes runs contiguously with it, sometimes parallel & sometimes goes in another direction. Obviously, better signs are needed.

When we rode it last summer we put on a lot of extra city miles getting through Baxter/Brainerd--mostly on busy city streets. Most of the locals had no clue about trails. Once through Brainerd the trail is wonderful going through pine forests & by lakes. There was supposed to be some road construction north of Nisswa but don't know if that's done or how it impacts trail?

Accordion

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Flowers in Full Bloom!

July, 2016 by shaberstroh

We biked from Crow Wing State Park to Nisswa. The first several miles wind through the park with Pines, Birch and Oak trees. Along the trail edges were Black Eyed Susans which in July were in full bloom. In Baxter at approximately 10 miles, there was a convenience store/gas station with rest room (College Square). We turned left at the corner, but looks like you can go straight as well. There are some fast food places on the main road just a block north of the trail. After leaving Baxter/Brainerd you will past several lakes. In Merrifield (mile 21) there was a Superamerica Gas Station. We continued on to Nisswa (mile 29), where there were several restaurants was well as shops to browse. We had lunch and then turned around at this point. Trail was wide, well marked for the most part and fairly smooth pavement.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Great for Rollerblading

July, 2016 by negangardo

Skated from Bemidji to Baxter in 2 days. The pavement and scenery are great the whole way and between Hackensack and Walker was my favorite. I took the original route (not the Shingobee connecting trail) and while it is hilly it is manageable if you have a good brake. The blind turns are worse than the elevation changes in my opinion. Bemidji to Hackensack is pretty sparse for supplies other than LaPorte so pack lots of water. The southern half has more frequent towns with better services. Only complaint is the walk from the trail in Baxter to the bus stop. Bus service is affordable and nice though. Highly recommend this trail and hope to go again!

Blue Ox Trail (Voyageur Trail)

A lot to know about a trail with little info

June, 2016 by adamsmarineservice

Parts of the trail between Big Falls and Littlefork are under a foot or more of water, and for a considerable distance. Not recommended for smaller atvs, bicycles, etc, on that portion. Most of the trail is overgrown with tall grass and in some areas it's hard to tell where the trail even is. It's ok for atvs and horses but nothing else. It's very bumpy too. If the dnr maintained and repaired the trail I'm sure more people would use it

Paul Bunyan State Trail

October 1st. Trail is now open between mile 8 & 9

October, 2015 by mlstskog

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Trail detour

June, 2015 by mlstskog

Road construction on trail between mile 8 and 9.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Mile Markers revised

May, 2015 by ggwbikemt

The milepost on the trail were recently revised to reflect the southern extension of the trail to Crow Wing State Park. Excelsior Road in Baxter is no longer mile zero. It is now mile 12.7. Nisswa is now mile 29 (was 16), Pequot Lakes is now mile 35 (was 22) etc.

Heartland State Trail

Akeley's campground

January, 2015 by tim.bee

If you're looking for a good campground on the Heartland, the city campground in Akeley is an excellent choice. It's only a short ride from the Heartland and is situated on a beautiful lake. The tent and pop-up area is separated from the RV part. It has nice clean bathrooms and a small sandy beach and swimming area on the north end. Plus the price is very reasonable.

The Heartland is mostly smooth and flat but there are some stretches of worn-out pavement to navigate around. If you stay in Akeley you're at a mid-point to go either north, south or east and connect up with the Paul Bunyan.

Last summer a fire destroyed some restaurants in Dorset best known for its many restaurants just off the trail. No idea if they'll be rebuilt. This Trail provides for a nice multi-day ride when combined with the PB.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

New Segments

January, 2015 by tim.bee

Last summer I rode this trail and was happy to find a "loop trail" between Walker & Hackensack without the intense hills and curves found going through the Chippewa forest (not that I minded them); not sure what it's called. There are some hills but it runs along Hwys 371/200 north of Hackensack and puts you into Walker on the eastern edge where there are some city trails & low traffic roads.

I'm looking forward to riding a new trail section from Crow Wing State Park north to Brainerd. It sounds like you have to be paying attention in order to stay on the trail--maybe more signs are in order??

Heartland State Trail

Wonderful autumn cycling on Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails

October, 2014 by darwin73

The Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails in the Walker, Minnesota area are great rides. Three of us (70 year olds, one each from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta) experienced the trails September 24 to 29, 2014. They were glorious days, sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and the fall colours at their best. We made excursions each day from a rental cottage on Leech Lake, only one minute from the Heartland Trail. Both trails are easy rides, paved with only slight grades. The first day we biked through Walker on Heartland to join Paul Bunyan near the parking lot on Highway 34 about six miles southwest of Walker. The 7.5 mile section of Paul Bunyan east to the Shingobe Connection is not on a former railway and has a caution for up to 8% slopes and curves, but is a beautiful ride, even for us seniors. We followed the Shingobe Connection back to Walker. The next day we started in Cass Lake, enjoyed a great ride on the Me-Ge-Zi Trail around Cass Lake and then back to Leech Lake on Heartland. The third day was shorter, Paul Bunyan south from a drop at Nary with a refreshing break at a tavern in La Porte. Our last day we began the parking lot SW of Walker on Highway 34, doing the scenic part of Paul Bunyan again (local riders argue whether it's better to do this hilly section, 'the Pyrenees', from west to east or the other way; we like west to east) and then south for a pick up in Backus. We were lucky to have a fourth person to drive our support vehicle, but connections could be made on paved county roads between the two trails, especially north of Walker, to make round trips possible. We cycled about 25 to 35 miles each day (40 to 60 kilometres does sound further!) but others we met were riding further. Our experience on the rail-trails was certainly positive, and we are recommending this ride to others without reservation.

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