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Circle L Trail

10 mi
State: MN
Dirt, Grass

Circle T Trail

39.5 mi
State: MN
Dirt, Grass

Cuyuna Lakes State Trail

7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Heartland State Trail

49 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Paul Bunyan State Trail

119.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt
Accordion

Shingobee Connection Trail

6.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Soo Line Recreational Trail

10.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Soo Line Trail - Northern Route

148 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Gravel

Soo Line Trail - Southern Route

105.6 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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 Forest ...
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 mostly ...
MN 39.5 mi Dirt, Grass
The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail winds its way through northern hardwoods and spruce/pine forests along the shores of 6 natural lakes and 15 clear, constructed lakes that were former mine pits. The cluster ...
MN 7 mi Asphalt
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 the ...
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 the ...
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 than ...
MN 6.8 mi Asphalt
The Soo Line Recreational Trail is a continuation of the Soo Line Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton, Minnesota. This 10-mile segment, however, does not permit motorized uses, unlike its connecting ...
MN 10.5 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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 Soo Line Trail Southern Route is more popularly known as the Soo Line South ATV Trail. The converted rail-trail runs for 105.6 miles in Minnesota between Royalton and the Minnesota–Wisconsin state ...
MN 105.6 mi Ballast, Gravel

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Cuyuna Lakes State Trail

MN - 7 miles

The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail winds its way through northern hardwoods and spruce/pine forests along the shores of 6 natural lakes and 15 clear, constructed lakes that were former mine pits. The cluster ...

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 the ...

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 the ...

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 than ...

Accordion

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 than ...

Soo Line Recreational Trail

MN - 10.5 miles

The Soo Line Recreational Trail is a continuation of the Soo Line Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton, Minnesota. This 10-mile segment, however, does not permit motorized uses, unlike its connecting ...

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 Forest ...

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 mostly ...

Cuyuna Lakes State Trail

MN - 7 miles

The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail winds its way through northern hardwoods and spruce/pine forests along the shores of 6 natural lakes and 15 clear, constructed lakes that were former mine pits. The cluster ...

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 the ...

Accordion

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 the ...

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 the ...

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 than ...

Soo Line Recreational Trail

MN - 10.5 miles

The Soo Line Recreational Trail is a continuation of the Soo Line Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton, Minnesota. This 10-mile segment, however, does not permit motorized uses, unlike its connecting ...

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 ...

Soo Line Trail - Southern Route

MN - 105.6 miles

The Soo Line Trail Southern Route is more popularly known as the Soo Line South ATV Trail. The converted rail-trail runs for 105.6 miles in Minnesota between Royalton and the Minnesota–Wisconsin state ...

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 Forest ...

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 mostly ...

Cuyuna Lakes State Trail

MN - 7 miles

The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail winds its way through northern hardwoods and spruce/pine forests along the shores of 6 natural lakes and 15 clear, constructed lakes that were former mine pits. The cluster ...

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 the ...

Accordion

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 the ...

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 than ...

Soo Line Recreational Trail

MN - 10.5 miles

The Soo Line Recreational Trail is a continuation of the Soo Line Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton, Minnesota. This 10-mile segment, however, does not permit motorized uses, unlike its connecting ...

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 ...

Soo Line Trail - Southern Route

MN - 105.6 miles

The Soo Line Trail Southern Route is more popularly known as the Soo Line South ATV Trail. The converted rail-trail runs for 105.6 miles in Minnesota between Royalton and the Minnesota–Wisconsin state ...

Recent Trail Reviews

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?

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.

Accordion

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!

Soo Line Recreational Trail

nice ride

June, 2016 by jodi.morrison.5

It's a nice smooth ride with great food at Jordie's along the way. Worth a visit.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

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

October, 2015 by mlstskog

Soo Line Recreational Trail

Flat as a geometric plane

September, 2015 by mcea0006

I loved this trail. Nice, clean and flat. It gives a good view of the countryside as you traverse the miles of trail. I had no clue where this ended as it flawlessly merges with the Wobegon trail for way more mileage that I could have done in my short timeframe. There are multiple little wooden bridges. I took a little rest at Bowlus. Wish I had time to stop by the little café I saw. I would definitely ride this one again!

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Trail detour

June, 2015 by mlstskog

Road construction on trail between mile 8 and 9.

Soo Line Recreational Trail

Great rural trail!

June, 2015 by opjmd1

My wife and I just rode the trail from Royalton to Holdingford. Really great scenery along the way. We saw deer, I saw what I believe to be an osprey at the Mississippi River, with a fish in it's talons(didn't see it long)! Lots of shade along the way.
The trailhead is just over 3 miles, out of Royalton. You cannot miss the beautiful bike bridge going over Highway 10.
The distance from the Royalton Trailhead, to Holdingford is 13 miles.
Get out and enjoy. Well worth the trip!!
Jeff

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??

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