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Paul Bunyan State Trail

Brainerd, MN
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Ranked #1 of 20 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

You can't go wrong, no matter where you enter this many miles long biking/hilking/walking trail. Right now in September, leaves are starting to turn, yet it is still mild, and there are no bugs! Perfect conditions for a day long cruise, or a half hour run.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We like to bike when we go camping. This was the first time on the Paul Bunyan Trail. We have been on the Heartland trail many times and like that trail. This trail is even nicer. It is paved like the Heartland Trail, but it also appears to have "rest areas" at each town, which is really nice, so you... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We thought we could get on the trail from our resort but brought our bikes to Nisswa & got on. Nice trail, saw deer & other wildlife. It had a nice surface & went for miles.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

To clarify, I biked the portion from Laporte, Minnesota south about 5 miles toward Walker and back up, so this review is only for that portion of the trail. The bike trail (one of the rails to trails if you're familiar with that) is paved over from an old railroad. There are not many people using the trail, so if... More

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This trail was the best planned trail... I HIGHLY recommend. It also has a bonus; the beautiful arboretum is right next to it.

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Ames, Iowa
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72 reviews 72 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I've only been on parts of the trail around the Brainerd and Nisswa areas, but that section provides some wonderful lake views not available from highways and roads. The trail is well kept and well labeled. It takes you right through several key shopping and food break areas in Nisswa. If you're walking or running, bring your bug spray for... More

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Fremont, California
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1,171 reviews 1,171 reviews
733 attraction reviews
836 helpful votes 836 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were staying at Good Ol Days Family Resort in Nisswa for a large family reunion; we enjoyed our walks along Paul Bunyan State Trail from the resort into town. We realize this is only part of the larger trail but it was still pleasant.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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