Even though summer is starting to wind down, there is still plenty of biking season left. Fall is actually a great time to get out and explore some of the beautiful sights Minnesota has to offer.
There are all kinds of amazing bike trails and paths throughout Minnesota. One place that you should probably explore is Walker, Minnesota. Aside from being located on the banks of Minnesota’s 3rd largest lake, Leech Lake, Walker also has an abundant trail system. Two big trails go through the quaint town of Walker: the Heartland State Trail and the Shingobe Connection Trail. The Shingobe Connection Trail is the key link between the Heartland State Trail and the Paul Bunyan State Trail, giving you over 175 miles of paved trail that runs through central Minnesota.
The Heartland Trail spans 50 miles between Park Rapids, MN and Cass Lake, MN. While the Paul Bunyan State Trail runs 120 miles from Bemidji, MN to Baxter, MN. These trails are great for longer bike trips as they run through towns along the way and can connect with other trail systems.
If you are looking for a shorter journey, there is a 25 mile loop that starts in Walker. You would go south on the Heartland trail and loop back around on the Paul Bunyan and Shingobe Trails. While the on Heartland trail, you can hop off your bike and explore a section of the North Country Trail. This trail is 4,600 miles long from New York to North Dakota, and Minnesota houses an 800 mile segment of this trail.
If you are looking to do a biking camping trip, but don’t want to pack the tent, then check out some Minnesota’s year round yurts. These yurts are wood lattice framed structures with heavy-duty fabric sides. They are insulated and furnished with a wood stove, bunk beds, tables and chairs. These are great options for bike camping without a tent or bike camping with small families. There are yurts located in Afton State Park, Glendalough State Park and Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Click here for more information on Minnesota’s yurts.
If you are looking to do a bike trip, but don’t know where to start, check out some of Minnesota’s guided bike tour groups. There is everything from family friendly rides, to adventurous fat biking, from fully support to self-contained. Whatever adventure you are looking to take, there is something for everyone. Click here for a list of guided bike touring businesses.
For more information on Exploring Minnesota visit exploreminnesota.com
Click here for details on Exploring Wisconsin.
Where ever your adventure takes you, stop into your local ERIK’S for all biking needs. See you on the trail!