River is a unique place in Minnesota having one of the Minnesota's best biking
trails, thePaul Bunyan Trail, and sharing fame with the scenic Pine River. Both
run through downtown. Be sure to stop at the new Information
Center in Pine River for a real north country log cabin experience!
You'll find clean restrooms, water, historic displays, food, shopping, picnic
area and recreation all in Pine River! And, the Pine
River Information Center now offers FREE Wireless Communication to visitors!
cross the trail near Pine River. One bridge is located on the southern edge of
town, while the other crosses the Pine River about two miles south of town.
Be sure to pull off the trail, ride three blocks east through downtown Pine River
to see Norway Brook. A beautiful, short side trip! Enjoy a picnic in the Pine
Look for the newly restored Pine River Railroad Depot
complete with red caboose sitting alongside! A vintage 1918 horse drawn fire engine
is also displayed nearby. Lots of reasons for a picture!
miles to the north lies Backus, where you can stop and take a rest along Pine
Mountain Lake. As you travel north from Backus, you will pass through the headwater
area of the north branch of the Pine River. A bench rest is located along the
trail with a terrific view of Beuber Lake. A true Minnesota lake scene. Then on
to Hackensack, the northern trailhead of the trail. There you'll find restrooms,
swimming beach several grocery stores, children's playground, parking, boat ramp
and much more.
To the south 7 miles lies Jenkins and another 2 miles
will bring you into Pequot Lakes. On you go southward 7 miles to Nisswa, Merrifield
and then Brainerd. It's about a thirty-two mile ride from Pine River to Brainerd.
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