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Paul Bunyan State Trail (Minnesota) Heartland State Trail
    When completed, the Paul Bunyan State Trail will be over 100 miles long and run from Crow Wing State Park to Lake Bemidji State Park.  The trail is generally level and is wheelchair accessible with the exception of the 9 mile segment through the Chippewa National Forest. This segment has many rolling hills with grades reaching 8 %. Currently, a total of 80 miles of the trail is paved. There are 73 finished miles from Baxter to north of Walker, and an additional 7 miles running south from Lake Bemidji State Park. The remaining 28 mile section is undeveloped with variable surface material ranging from the original railroad ballast to sand.  The trail runs through  some of Minnesota's prime resort country. Gift stores, antique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and bike stands are everywhere along the path. Bikes and in-line skates can be rented at most of the towns. There is also a bike-in campground just south of Pine River on  state forest land. It is accessible only from the trail and has four campsites. Each pair of sites shares a pit toilet, fire ring and picnic table. When the entire trail is finished, it will run through 15 towns, cross nine rivers and streams, and run along the shorelines of 21 lakes.  When completed, the Paul Bunyan State Trail will also connect with the Blue Ox Trail forming one of the longest rail-to-trail conversions in North America, for a total distance of 210 miles.  
Paul Bunyan Trail Information:
DNR Information Center
(metro area & outside MN)
(MN toll free) 888/646-6367
    The Heartland State Trail was one of the first rails-to-trails projects in the country. The total length from Park Rapids to Cass Lake is 47 miles. The trail is located entirely on a level abandoned railroad grade, except for a four mile segment north of Walker which is on sharply rolling terrain. The 27 mile segment between Park Rapids and Walker has a second grassy pathway for horseback riding and snowmobiling. This trail is very scenic as it passes through wetlands, lakes, rolling hills and forest. The forest changes from hardwoods to pines as you head north.  South of Cass Lake, there is an old trestle bridge which used to turned to allow steamboats through in a bygone era.    
Heartland Trail Information:
DNR Info Center
(metro area & outside Mn)
(MN toll free) 888/646-6367
   Paul Bunyan Trail
         Jeff            Russ          Cliff
Twin Cities  Cedar Falls    Twin Cities
Pequot Lakes Trailhead
Pioneer Village in Nisswa
              Colin            Gina     Tim
   from Woodstock Illinois
Molly Lake - 4 mi south of Nisswa
Family outing north of Hackensack
Heartland Trail
3 family outing by Nevis Downtown Dorset Taken from trail between Dorset-Nevis


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