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Paul Bunyan State Trail

Brainerd, MN
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Paul Bunyan State Trail

I rode the trail in segments to maximize use of grade for out and back and will breakdown... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Madison, Wisconsin
Beautiful trail through the northland

The Paul Bunyan trail is a great place to come for rollerblading, biking, walking or a nature walk... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jessi W
Brainerd, Miinnesota, United States
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Fifty miles of trails to bike, hike, rollerblade and snow-mobile, depending on the season.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“small towns” (4 reviews)
“walker” (10 reviews)
“paved” (16 reviews)
Brainerd, MN
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I rode the trail in segments to maximize use of grade for out and back and will breakdown each: Crow Wing State Park to Baxter Parking area. Surface condition is new near the state park and good in most others, the section adjacent to city...More

Thank SpiketheBiker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Paul Bunyan trail is a great place to come for rollerblading, biking, walking or a nature walk. The trail is groomed very well and there are mile markers along the way as a few benches to take a break. The view is so beautiful...More

Thank Jessi W
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Get on your bike and take a long slow outing, stopping along the way at the many small quiet towns. Just enjoy the scenery and friendly folks along the way. I know, I live where it starts. You can use it year around.

Thank nokay1
Reviewed 18 January 2017

wonderful trail for biking, hiking, running, or snowmobiling. Easy to use parking facilities, brought grandkids for their 1st trail ride(4&8) they enjoyed the smooth trail, and stopping for lunch. Go here many times a year, can always see something new, nature's always changing.

Thank 2959m
Reviewed 10 December 2016

We use the trail for biking and snowmobiling. Fall colors are great, as is the ease of which you can snowmobile from one area to the next in the Brainerd Lakes area. You can stop at some of the prime tourist locations or get off...More

Thank GKY0ung
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to get a home cooked meal, large arrangement of fresh pie daily and their famous Made Rite. Staff is friendly and service is great!

Thank Jake S
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Just cycled with group of four the whole trail, and added on the Heartland Trail into Park Rapids as well. It took us five days. The trail is paved and in great condition, with occasional biking self-serve bike maintenance stations with tools and a pump...More

Thank writingwoman
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The paved trail is covered with leaves in the fall and a wonderful experience. If you are only going to ride a segment of the trail, I suggest selecting a segment away from the highway. We rode from Guthrie to Laporte and were the only...More

Thank Maureen C
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Although when you think of a trail like Paul Bunyan State Trail you might think of biking, we walked the trail recently. The bikers were courteous and we saw things that you wouldn't see driving down 371. The trail is well maintained, there are different...More

Thank Patty R
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a terrific trail to bike or walk. Nice even elevation and not too crowded. You can make your trip as long or short as you want.

Thank Holly B
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Going to visit Trail this summer if I only can part of the trail around 60-70 miles what part would be best to ride. Also best places to stay that are close to trail.
25 February 2017|
Response from Vach | Reviewed this property |
Your first opportunity to get on the trail north of Brainerd and then go north on the trail. not sure of places to stay. Enjoy, it's beautiful.
I am thinking of starting in Brainerd, biking to and from Crow Wing State Park and spending the night in Brainerd. Next day I would like to take three days of about 38 miles a day to finish in Bemidji or Buena Vista State Forest. Is there a shuttle that you can hire to bring you back to Brainerd? AND, is there Lodging in towns along the trail that would meet the 38ish mile a day goal? Thank you,
18 December 2016|
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Response from writingwoman | Reviewed this property |
We didn't use a shuttle when we spent 5 days biking the Paul Bunyan Trail in October, but I believe that there were a few B & Bs who offered a shuttle service for an extra charge (try Embracing Pines in Walker). We started... More