The Paul Bunyan Trail has long had many natural and cultural treasures to enjoy but there are now treasured geocaches all along its 110-mile length between Brainerd and Bemidji.
Now bikers, hikers and roller bladders can participate
The Paul Bunyan GeoTour, a free outdoor treasure hunt where players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. Specifically, the meaning of the word geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and CACHING, the process of hiding a cache. A cache is a term used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions.
With over 1,000 caches hidden along the Paul Bunyan Trail, this GeoTour is recognized among sport enthusiasts as a power trail adventure due to the close proximity of cache hides along every trail mile. It also happens to be recognized as the longest paved Rail-to-Trail power trail in the United States.
This rapidly growing high-tech sport is for those who love technology, nature and adventure. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
It’s a great family activity that provides excitement, exercise, and fresh air. All ages and levels of mobility can enjoy it. With over 1 million caches hidden around the world are often hidden at places you never knew existed or wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Including geocaching in your vacation plans provides an opportunity to explore the area beyond the typical ‘tourist’ perspective.
The Paul Bunyan Trail offers a flat terrain which lends to some great travel options as you navigate your way along it. Hiking, running, biking and rollerblading are among the most popular forms of travel. The trail winds through forested lands and around peaceful lakes offering great wildlife and nature treasures as well.
Cachers should be prepared to search high and low as some cashes may require some tree climbing.
For those who enjoy a little fun in the snow, many of the geocaches on the Paul Bunyan GeoTour are also winter-friendly. If you plan on a caching during the winter, plan to snowmobile as you travel along the trail. (The trail's primary winter use is for snowmobiling; and it would be dangerous to walk or attempt skiing during the winter.) Remember to pull your snowmobile off the trail when stopping and stay alert for other snowmobilers when crossing the trail.
There are trail towns about every 10 miles along the trail, there are great opportunities to take a nice break or split your caching expedition into segments.
Learn More at Geocaching.com - "The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site". Please note: Geocaching.com lists only 100 of the approximately 1,000 caches hidden along Minnesota's Paul Bunyan GeoTour.