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Address: Brainerd, MN
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Activities: Snowmobiling, Biking
Description: Fifty miles of trails to bike, hike, rollerblade and snow-mobile...
Fifty miles of trails to bike, hike, rollerblade and snow-mobile, depending on the season.
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Fun for Teens

I took my youth group up to ride bikes on the bike trail. The teens loved it. We saw a great part of Minnesota and we enjoyed it a lot. The towns were just far enough apart... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Fairfax, Minnesota
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Fairfax, Minnesota
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I took my youth group up to ride bikes on the bike trail. The teens loved it. We saw a great part of Minnesota and we enjoyed it a lot. The towns were just far enough apart that there was a good workout but great places to rest and relax.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Three generations of my family met at Pequot Lakes to take to the bike trail and it was wonderful. There were short rides that enabled the old and the young to ride and for the die-hard riders, there was a 70 mile trip. The trail is paved and wide and mostly flat with only slight hills between Pequot Lakes and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

The State trail runs very close to my place in Merrifield MN. It is a nice bike/walking trail. (No motorized vehicles during the summer months.) The Merrifield Marathons keep it groomed in the winter for snowmobile traffic. The Merrifield Diner is an excellent stop for delicious food, reasonably priced on your way through and Valerie Ann's pizza is excellent too.

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Austin, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Day 1 we rode from Brainerd to Walker. The riding surface was great. Really straight and flat. The town's we rode through we nicely spaced. Nissaw has a really cute area right on the trail. The best part day 1 was the longer section we took, some hills with lots of twists and turns. Don't be scared when you hear... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We rode the Paul Bunyan Trail from Walker to Bemidji. Unfortunately, we found the trail itself to be a little boring. This is rails to trail bike path and while the asphalt/paved path is in great shape overall, there isn't a whole lot to see along the 40-mile stretch that we rode. The only real stopping point on the trail... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

For several years, we have enjoyed biking on this fantastic trail in the Brainerd area! It is well planned and well maintained. I have biked from Hackensack to just north of Brainerd. It is a safe enjoyable ride. We stopped in Pine River for a snack and break. I am so happy we did this when we were younger and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

My girlfriends and I had an awesome day in the area! We walked the Paul Bunyan trail in the morning and headed to Gull Lake for the afternoon/evening. We had so much fun! The best part was The Loon's Cycle Cruise, It is a cycle pub on water! Amazing! And so much fun. We had a blast. https://www.facebook.com/TheLoonsCycleCruise/posts/935706219801147:0

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We went for a quick 28 mile bike ride from Merrifield to Pequot Lakes. The trail was in pretty good shape, and the grade was no problem. We wish that it didn't travel so close to the highway, kind of distracts from the wilderness feel.

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Cushing, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

we camped up near Pine River, and just across the road is the trail...away you go! nicely paved...flat...nice scenery....you are not always alongside the highway, so that is good... it would be nice if there were a few more signs telling you how far to the next town. we are older and like to pace ourselves, but you can't always... More 

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Nisswa, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The Paul Bunyan Trail is a retired railroad line turned paved multi-use trail. I have biked every mile of the 100+ miles of trail multiple times over the years. The entire length of the trail is level grade and easy to access. (With one exception, there is an eight mile option with a much hillier route just south of Walker.... More 

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Address: Brainerd, MN
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Brainerd

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