Paul Bunyan State Trail

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Paul Bunyan State Trail
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A former Northern Pacific Railway depot in Nisswa, now a historical museum beside the Paul Bunyan State Trail
Length112 mi (180 km)
LocationCentral Minnesota, USA
DesignationMinnesota state trail
TrailheadsCrow Wing State Park
Lake Bemidji State Park
UseBiking, hiking, in-line skating, mountain biking, snowmobiling
Hiking details
SeasonYear-round
SightsLeech Lake, Lake Bemidji
HazardsSevere weather
SurfaceAsphalt
WebsitePaul Bunyan State Trail

The Paul Bunyan State Trail is a multi-use recreational rail trail in north-central Minnesota, United States, running between the cities of Baxter/Brainerd and Bemidji. It is named after the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan of American folklore.[1]

The route was part of the Burlington Northern Railroad lines abandoned in 1983. The trail covers a distance of 120 miles (190 km). The southern extension, completed in 2012, moved the southern terminus to Crow Wing State Park. The route through Bemidji follows city streets until an off-road path can be secured.[1] The Paul Bunyan State Trail intersects with the Heartland State Trail in Walker and in Bemidji joins the Blue Ox Trail, which continues 110 miles (180 km) to the Canada–United States border.[2]

As of 2013, the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon runs on the portion of the trail along Lake Bemidji to Lake Bemidji State Park.

  1. ^ a b "Paul Bunyan State Trail". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  2. ^ "Past - Present - Future". PaulBunyanTrail.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-18.

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  • Birch Lake Township, Cass County, Minnesota

    Township in Minnesota, United States

  • Hackensack, Minnesota

    City in Minnesota, United States

  • Hiram Township, Cass County, Minnesota

    Township in Minnesota, United States

  • Turtle Lake Township, Cass County, Minnesota

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  • Shingobee Township, Cass County, Minnesota

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  • Ten Mile Lake (Cass County, Minnesota)
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail
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    Unincorporated community in Minnesota, US

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