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Paul Bunyan State Trail

Brainerd, MN
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Brainerd
Type: Trails, Biking Trails
Activities: Snowmobiling, Biking
Description: Fifty miles of trails to bike, hike, rollerblade and snow-mobile, depending on the season.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Beautiful trail with breathtaking views of quiet lakes and dense forest, with places to stop and explore about every 6 or 7 miles.

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Brainerd, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great place to take a scenic, quiet walk. The trail is accessible from many entry points and is used by walkers, and bikers in summer; snowmobilers and skiers in winter. It is a well maintained trail traversing many different ecosystems, allowing communion with nature while exercising.

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Brainerd, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I love biking the Paul Bunyan Trail. It's beautifully paved, mostly flat, and very scenic. I use it, but also bike around many nearby lakes along the way. I especially love that it goes right through my favorite small town - Nisswa, MN. Such a quaint, little town! Trailblazer Bikes is located right on the trail, so if I have... More

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Pine River, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Try the full length of the PB Trail to gain the full experience! Every town is a little different and has something different and fun to offer! Pine River has a lovely park & recreation area along the shores of the Pine River, a tributary of the Mississippi River! It's just five blocks, right, off the PB Trail! Grab a... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I love the trail. I run it, I walk it. It is convenient, peaceful, and can be an hour long event or an entire day. I live near Nisswa and have to visit the chocolate ox for ice cream when I finish or go to Rafferty's on main street for a great pizza.

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Goleta, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is the best bike trail we have ever ridden. We live in Cali and have ridden along the coast and around some back country, for comparison. This trail, particularly the segment from Nisswa to Baxter, is absolutely delightful, you'll ride by pristine lakes and meadows and through some forested areas as well. The trail is well-maintained and for the... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

This is one of our favorite trails in Minnesota. Particularly the stretch from Brainard to Nisswa. Nice flat trail with minimal road crossings and plenty to do at each end. This portion of the trail is not parallel to the road so it feels remote. The flies can be bad a t times so be prepared for that. The trail... More

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69 reviews 69 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We enjoyed many walks on this trail in three days we were in town. The paved trail makes for a great walk. Lots of trees, wildlife and plenty of parking at the trail head. The memorial bridge is also very neat. We would love to ride the trail to nearby towns one day but didn't have our bikes with us.... More

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Great Trail, nice and mostly level for all bikers. Enjoy nature and the pine and white birch trees along the way. The trail consists of 112 paved miles and they are always adding more paved areas. This trail is great for couples, friends, or families. Take your bathing suit as there are several lakes along the trail where you can... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This paved bike/skate/walking/jogging trail is incredible. It goes for miles and miles. It is always kept in good repair. We love to walk it but have seen lots of bikers, inline skaters, mom's with strollers, etc. It feels like a nature walk. However, bug spray is not a bad idea.

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