Paul Bunyan Trail
Starting in Brainerd, this trail crosses central and northern
Minnesota and reaches it's destination in International Falls on the
Canadian border. The southern fifty miles, up to Hackensack, is paved
and has a stud ban
for this section. The trail, north of Hackensack,
has no restriction up to Walker. At this point other trail restrictions
may apply because the Paul Bunyan Trail meets up with the Heatland
Trail which is also paved.
The Paul Bunyan Trail is groomed and fairly straight.
This trail offers a great ride for families and groups, with stops
available every ten miles or less along the way
SnowWay 1 (Trail Map)
This trail has some unbelievable scenery on it's course
from Gull Lake to Walker. It tends to Parallel the Paul Bunyan Trail
about 6 miles to the West. and has many twists and turns. Winding
through the Foothills State Forest (Near Backus) the trail climbs
many hills and skirts several smaller lakes on it's way through tall
pine forests. Although remote and offering few services other than
signs, great scenery is the norm for this trail. Bring plenty of water
and food as there is nothing for services along the way.
(Trail Map) Trail
This trail starts in downtown Hackensack,
heading east on Whipple Ave.-next to Fuzzy's Restaurant. It winds
north and east until it crosses the WoodTick Trail near Stoney Lake.
Passing a few miles to the north it swings east towards Longville.
The trail heads east until it hits Lake Inguadona and and at that
point heads south towards Peterson Lake. Near Peterson Lake the trail
crosses the Aspen Trail and heads towards the west and Backus. Reaching
Hwy 371 it's an easy job to downtown Backus and the Paul Bunyan Trail.
North about nine miles on the Paul Bunyan takes you back to Hackensack
completing the loop.
(Trail Map) Trail
This relatively short trail starts about four miles north of
Hackensack on Hwy 371. Heading east 14 miles it feeds several smaller
trails to the north and south offering a great opportunity to explore
the lesser known lakes along the trail. The west end of the trail
joins Hwy 5 just west of Longville. This trail is used by loggers
and others in the winter and may at times be hard packed. The other
trails leading away from trail often offer a better ride.
HeartLand Trail (Trail Map)
Joining the Paul Bunyan and SnowWay 1 Trails in Walker,
this trail heads east out of Walker towards Park Rapids. There is
now a parallel trail unpaved and designated for snowmobiles that travels
the same route. This trail is relatively straight and runs adjacent
to several farms. Another relative short trail that offers a great
ride for families.