Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:22 admin
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An important ribbon cutting marked the completion of a key segment of the Paul Bunyan Trail this week at Crow Wing State Park.
With the completion of eight miles of trail outside Crow Wing State Park the trail becomes one of the longest trails in the state.
The Paul Bunyan Trail now runs 120 miles from Crow Wing State Park south of Brainerd/Baxter to Lake Bemidji State Park north of Bemidji.
It connects Brainerd/Baxter with Merrifield, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins, Pine River, Backus, Hackensack, Walker, La Porte, Guthrie and Bemidji.
The trail splits north of Walker with the trail going west through the Chippewa National Forest and north to Walker on the Shingobe Trail.
The 10-foot wide paved trail crossed rivers, skirts likes and wetland and dotted with statues of popular figures like Paul Bunyan, Babe and Lucette in quaint little towns.
The trail connects with the Heartland and Migizi Trails.
The Crow Wing trail addition has more curves and hills than most of the Paul Bunyan Trail passing through hardwood, conifer and prairie.
Speakers at the ribbon cutting were: US Rep. Rick Nolan, Brainerd Mayor James Wallin, Baxter Councilman Todd Holmgren, Bemidji City Councilman Roger Hellquist, State Rep, John Ward, Lisa Filter of the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota.
“We need to remind ourselves that it is a long journey to build a trail. My dream is to have everyone of these lakes to have a trail around it,” said Congressman Nolan.
Lia McGaughey, daughter of trail promoter Terry McGaughey cut the ribbon.