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
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
Hiking details
Season Year-round
Sights Leech Lake, Lake Bemidji
Hazards Severe weather
Surface Asphalt
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.[1]

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.[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]


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

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Coordinates: 46°59′55″N 94°31′49″W / 46.99861°N 94.53028°W / 46.99861; -94.53028