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“Bring your bike!”

Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Brainerd
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Owner description: Fifty miles of trails to bike, hike, rollerblade and snow-mobile, depending on the season.
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We did the Brainerd to Nisswa round trip (32 miles total). Paved trail, some nice, intermediate stops, fairly level grade. Plan on 1 hour 30 minutes each way unless you are used to long runs on a touring bike. We are seniors and ride urban-cross tour type bikes...made for comfort and not speed. Stop for a break (lunch) in Merryfield or wait till you get to Nisswa...some nice local eaterys there. Trail begins at the Arboritum in Baxter/Brainerd, MN

Thank John M
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

MN is blessed to have so many paved bike trails... you can head on this trail, north and connect with even more trail that will take you all the way to Bemidji.

Thank nannerjammer
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

My wife and I just spent 5 days in the Walker, MN area biking the Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails. I have to say the P.B. trail is one of the worst marked, poorly signed, and basically difficult to find of any trail we've been on, and we have been on a LOT !
We couldn't find trail heads, there were no signs pointing out directions to the trail, and once we were on the trail, there weren't any mile markers or maps showing distances to the next town or facility. On the other hand, the Heartland trail was well marked, there were at least a few signs to indicate where the trail access was, and there were mile markers indicating distances to the next town, nice !
Both trails were in good to excellent condition, so riding them was a breeze, that was nice.
We would recomend both trails for novice riders because they are mostly flat and not too demanding. It was great to be among the trees rolling along blissfully, though there were some stretches where the trails go close to highways and the attendant traffic noise, but mostly it was peacefull.
Along the way we happened upon a big street fair in Dorset, the annual "Taste of Dorset, Land Of 1000 Foodies" event, that was enjoyable, as was the icecream stop in Akely on the way back.
Hopefully someone will take care of the Bunyan trail marking, other than that it was an enjoyable trip.

Thank BobMichigan
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Having recently moved back to the midwest, my goal for the summer is to take the time to ride this trail end to end. This weekend I knocked off the Nisswa to Pine River section. This is a lovely, well maintained trail that is pretty flat and goes through the trees, past lovely lakes, and through some nice little towns. Despite economic hard times, these towns have maintained nice little parks and rest stops (air conditioned clean bathrooms along the trail by the parking lot in Pequot Lakes!), and there are benches along the tracks. I have filled up my tires at several gas stations and everyone is nice even though I'm not a huge spender (I try to stop in these little towns and buy a snack or a meal or something). Every weekend one of the towns on the trail is having some sort of festival. Great way to spend a cool morning or evening. Most sections of the trail are well shaded except mid day and the wildflowers and wildlife sitings a nice bonus!

1  Thank mtmom2
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Old railroad track. Many bikers. Saw trail in Backus hackensack bimidji

Thank stplogan
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