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Agassiz Recreational Trail

52.3 mi
State: MN
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Central Lakes State Trail

55 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Fargo Mickelson/ Tricorn Bike Path

5.4 mi
State: ND
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Heartland State Trail

49 mi
State: MN
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Agassiz Recreational Trail connects the towns of Ulen, Twin Valley, Gary, Fertile, and Crookston. A total of 52-miles, this trail runs parallel to Highway 32 and 102 uninterrupted and allows for...
MN 52.3 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The completion of the final segment of the Central Lakes State Trail in 2005 was the culmination of a positive partnership between volunteers and local and state officials that began in 1992 with the...
MN 55 mi Asphalt
This trail starts north end of town east of the FargoDome and the first half is basically brand new concrete, once you reach Northern Pacific Ave it's fairly decent asphalt to the south end. This...
ND 5.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
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

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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...

Central Lakes State Trail

MN - 55 miles

The completion of the final segment of the Central Lakes State Trail in 2005 was the culmination of a positive partnership between volunteers and local and state officials that began in 1992 with the...

Fargo Mickelson/ Tricorn Bike Path

ND - 5.4 miles

This trail starts north end of town east of the FargoDome and the first half is basically brand new concrete, once you reach Northern Pacific Ave it's fairly decent asphalt to the south end. This...

Central Lakes State Trail

MN - 55 miles

The completion of the final segment of the Central Lakes State Trail in 2005 was the culmination of a positive partnership between volunteers and local and state officials that began in 1992 with the...

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...

Fargo Mickelson/ Tricorn Bike Path

ND - 5.4 miles

This trail starts north end of town east of the FargoDome and the first half is basically brand new concrete, once you reach Northern Pacific Ave it's fairly decent asphalt to the south end. This...

Agassiz Recreational Trail

MN - 52.3 miles

The Agassiz Recreational Trail connects the towns of Ulen, Twin Valley, Gary, Fertile, and Crookston. A total of 52-miles, this trail runs parallel to Highway 32 and 102 uninterrupted and allows for...

Agassiz Recreational Trail

MN - 52.3 miles

The Agassiz Recreational Trail connects the towns of Ulen, Twin Valley, Gary, Fertile, and Crookston. A total of 52-miles, this trail runs parallel to Highway 32 and 102 uninterrupted and allows for...

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...

Central Lakes State Trail

MN - 55 miles

The completion of the final segment of the Central Lakes State Trail in 2005 was the culmination of a positive partnership between volunteers and local and state officials that began in 1992 with the...

Fargo Mickelson/ Tricorn Bike Path

ND - 5.4 miles

This trail starts north end of town east of the FargoDome and the first half is basically brand new concrete, once you reach Northern Pacific Ave it's fairly decent asphalt to the south end. This...

Recent Trail Reviews

Central Lakes State Trail

Ashby to Dalton

August, 2016 by ttc

Nice ride from Ashby to Dalton. Open views of rolling prairie, wetlands and farm fields. Head (right) to downtown Dalton and take the paved county road east for 2 miles, then south on a less traveled paved county road with rolling hills past several lakes and wetlands, a beautiful country church on top of a hill with an outstanding view of the countryside and to the trail for the return to Ashby. This is about a 17 mile loop and makes the ride more interesting than out and back on the trail.

Central Lakes State Trail

Alexandria East and West of Big Ole

March, 2016 by welikestabike

On August 21, 2015 my wife, 7 year old daughters and I traveled a couple miles east and a few miles west of Big Ole in Alexandria. The kids did fine as the trail is level and in good shape. On this short trip, the travel west was easier.
Going east involved more side street crossings. The tunnel under the main highway limits the high traffic danger going east and is kind of cool to go through. If we had traveled a little further and I expect we would have been out of town and had the joys of rural riding.
Going west involved crossing a couple busier roads, but was picturesque once we left town. As we rode several large culverts brought us right over the lakes. We did some Geocaching along the way and stopped to just look around.
The scenery was beautiful. In our view, the trail is great. Our round trip distance was about 14 miles (2 east and 5 west X 2).
The trail head in Alexandria had toilets, water and a place to sit down. Parking was good. Also, basically across the street is the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (lots of vintage boats) and the Runestone Museum. We enjoyed both.
We look forward to more Central Lakes trail this summer.

Agassiz Recreational Trail

Scenic walk

October, 2015 by kfuglie

The walk from Twin Valley to the next paved road is scenic with river crossing and lots of woodland. Worth the trek.

Accordion

Central Lakes State Trail

Another great connection to the Lake Wobegon Trails!

June, 2015 by cliffgen

This trail is a beautiful ride through the edge of Praire Pothole Region of Minnesota.

You'll see plenty of potholes and prairies with lots of wildlife along the way. Watch out for the deer and Sandhill Cranes! You should see lots of water fowl along the way too.

Check out the Prairie Wetland Learning Center just outside of Fergus Falls MN. For more info go to http://www.friendsofprairiewetlands.com/

If you ride the trail in late summer to see the those "amber waves of grain" that are part of the great American folk song "America the Beautiful!"

The trail weaves through the land dotted with woods, prairies, lots of large and small lakes and the many small towns that dot the country side evoking memories of a Norman Rockwell painting. Truly a wonderful experience of small town America from a cycling perspective.

The east end of the trail merges with that other icon of America... "Lake Wobegon" ... in the form of the Lake Wobegon Trails. The combination of trails creates 100+ miles of paved rail trail to enjoy from Fergus Falls MN on the west to St Joseph at the east end ... a really wonderful ride across Central Minnesota.

This route is also a favorite of many of the cross country cyclists following the northern tier route of the Adventure Cycling Association. (http://www.adventurecycling.org/)

Happy Tails! Cliff

Cliff Borgerding
Lake Wobegon Trails Association
33504 Shorewood Drive
Avon MN 56310

320-293-9364
Cliff@lwtrails.com

www.lakewobegontrails.com
www.lwtrails.com

Agassiz Recreational Trail

Fun Multi-Use Trail

April, 2015 by jenkinsqh

I've biked/run much of this trail. The trail head beginning in Ulen north to Twin Valley runs right along highway 32. Some sections are rutted grass cover only, the rest hard packed dirt/gravel paths. Gravel can be small class 5, to larger diameter rock. Low pressure in your tires helps. Not scenic. At the north end of Twin Valley, the trail veers off the highway with a few scenic bridge crossings, and some smaller grades to climb. Some sandy areas that can be hard to run/bike on closer to Fertile. All-in-all, this section is very pretty, and offers plenty of shade, and protection from wind.

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.

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.

Heartland State Trail

Great trail; to ride

October, 2014 by dutch2

This is one of our favorite trails in Minnesota. Rode from Park Rapids to north of Walker in August. Dorset is always a great stop for food but, unfortunately, the Dorset House (ice cream) and Campaneros (Mexican fare) were destroyed by fire this fall. Hope they will be rebuilt. Lots of other placers to stop to eat.

Central Lakes State Trail

What a trail should be!

October, 2013 by daireemt

My wife and I rode a portion of the trail from Evansville to Osakis, September 21. Although cool, it was calm and clear. The gentle grades make for an easy work out. Every few miles one comes chugging into a little town, past the great grain elevators.....just like the trains used to. Our only dissapointment came as the info center/trailhead in Osakis was closed on Saturdays. Sort of wanted to pick up a memento of this GREAT trail.
All in all, a truly wonderful experience.

Heartland State Trail

Bridge out for rest of 2013

July, 2013 by kevinkaren

We rode the south half of this trail in 2009 and agree with the review posted by another user that year- the surface was in excellent shape, the scenery is wonderful, but the facilities are a bit sparse.

This summer we tried the northern section, parking at the state rest area on US2, riding the marked on-road section through town, and following the Mi-Ge-Zi trail to where the Heartland Trail officially begins. All of this section is along the highway and is not particularly scenic. At mp 41.5 the trail was marked closed for a bridge ahead that is out of service until this fall. It's not safe to ride on the highway, the other detour option was quite long, and we were being attached by biting flies on a very humid day, so we turned around here for a 17 mile round-trip.

I might return to ride the middle section of this trail, or ride from Walker south to access the Paul Bunyan trail, a long stretch of pavement that we haven't yet tried.

Heartland State Trail

Walker to Park Rapids with a Bunyan side track.

April, 2012 by slawson612

Last weekend we took advantage of a special room rate at the Chase Resort in Walker MN and rode the Heartland Trail for the day. NOTE: You will have to ride down the street next to the American Inn for about a half mile to find the trail head on the Walker side. It is poorly marked once you are off the main road but follow your nose and it will show up on the left.

The trail is in excellent shape, very fast, very flat and when we rode it was more or less empty until just outside of Park Rapids. Both ends of the trail are beautiful, wooded hills, small lakes, numerous birds etc. The middle section is a little dull and is within sight of HWY 34 for about 10 miles but you do get the chance to sit in Paul Bunyan's hand for a photo so that is a fun break.

If you are having lunch in Park Rapids do yourself a favor and eat at the Good Life Cafe, order the home made pretzels you will not be sorry... plus you have to carb up for the ride back.

On the way back we took the Paul Bunyan Trail detour through Paul Bunyan State Park. It is a VERY hilly trek. We are on recumbents so it was a challenge to say the least. But every hill has it's down hill side and the ups and downs with high speed twists and turns were fun and the trail is in great shape. Just keep in mind it is about 6.5 miles and it will feel like 15 when your are done. Again watch for the intersection leading you back to Walker. IT IS NOT MARKED. We would have missed it completely if not for a woman coming the other direction who pointed it out. You will head back to Walker on the PB trail and there will be some brief HWY riding on the side of the road. Our total for the day was 68 miles and it was a really good time.

Heartland State Trail

SW end superb

August, 2009 by tim.bee

The trail from Park Rapids northeast to Walker is superb. It's smooth & almost all the small towns have some amenities (picnic tables, benches, restrooms, etc.). The tiny town of Dorset has half a dozen good restaurants & touristy attractions. The scenery is great & the trail pretty much flat & smooth. Definately worth a ride.

Once you get past Walker the quality of the trail (not the scenery) diminishes. The trail cris-crosses Hwy 371 a couple of times & disappears onto a road shoulder for several miles with poor signage. It gets very bumpy & chopped up. No amenities north of Walker. You can go into Cass Lake & then take city streets to get to the MiGiZi trail which is hilly & curvy with some nice scenery. North of Walker this trail will eventually fork off to Bemidji as the Paul Bunyan. Much of it is already done on the Bemidji end.

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