Trails and Parks




The Brainerd Lakes Area is a tourism destination for a variety of reasons – one obvious reason is the extensive variety of great recreational trails. Discover many options for walking, biking on asphalt or mountain bike trails, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and more – and learn why this central Minnesota region is the perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiast. The Brainerd Lakes Area landmark trail is the Paul Bunyan State Trail, which runs more than 100 miles from the trailhead in Baxter to Bemidji. On the Cuyuna Range, you will find the newly opened Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail System as well as the paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail. The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway covers more than 50 miles in and near the Whitefish Chain of Lakes through several communities, including Crosslake and Pequot Lakes. Enjoy the beauty by walking, biking, even driving this nationally recognized byway. The Pillsbury State Forest near the Gull Lake Area offers exceptional horseback riding trails. Throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area, you will find a variety of smaller trail systems that offer an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.

Find more information on:

Paul Bunyan State Trail
Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail System