Paul Bunyan State Trail
|Paul Bunyan State Trail|
|Length||112 mi (180 km)|
|Location||Central Minnesota, USA|
|Designation||Minnesota state trail|
|Trailheads||Crow Wing State Park
Lake Bemidji State Park
|Use||Biking, hiking, in-line skating, mountain biking, snowmobiling|
|Sights||Leech Lake, Lake Bemidji|
|Website||Paul 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 Brainerd and Bemidji. Named after the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan of American folklore, the trail is the longest continuously paved trail in the United States.
The route was part of the Burlington Northern Railroad lines abandoned in 1983. The trail currently 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 currently follows city roads until an off-road path can be secured. 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.