Paul Bunyan Trail Now Open

Construction on the Bemidji to Guthrie segment of the Paul Bunyan State Trail is complete and the trail is now open to the public.

The trail is now paved for approximately 11.5 miles between the two communities, primarily along the old Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad grade. Bridges were constructed along this route in 2002 over Washington Ave. and the U.S. Highway 2 bypass.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will construct the Guthrie to Walker segment of the trail over the next two years to provide a continuous paved trail from Bemidji to Brainerd.

Future trail and bridge construction will be required in the southern part of Bemidji and in Crow Wing State Park to fully complete the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Once finished, it will extend for approximately 110 miles from Crow Wing State Park south of Brainerd to Lake Bemidji State Park north of Bemidji.

For a map of the Paul Bunyan or other state trails, visit  or call toll free, 888-646-6367.



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