Multi-use trails for hiking, biking, walking, skiing, ATVs, snowmobiles and more.

The Brainerd area has many trails to explore on your adventure and enjoy breathtaking nature all year long. Situated on the Paul Bunyan Trail which has more than 120 miles of paved trail between Brainerd and Bemidji, just minutes from 25-miles of mountain biking trails, and a short drive from some of central Minnesota’s best ATV trails, this is the place to be. There are also several paved trails within city limits and paved and off-road trails in the area parks.

Our trails are open to walking, hiking, use of ATV’s, biking and in-line skating. In the winter, our trails are use for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing which offers yet another view of our beautiful nature and wildlife.

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Hiking Trails
Bird Watching
Horseback Trails
Motorcycle Touring

ATV Trails

The Brainerd Lakes Area gives you access to hundreds of miles of Minnesota ATV trails with ample lodging options, waterparks, activities, dining, and more ensuring that everyone in your group has a blast rain or shine.

BRAINERD AREA ATV TRAILS

Crow Wing Southern Loop: 19 miles
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Season: 5/1 – 11/1

This Minnesota ATV trail connects to the twenty mile Pine Center Trail plus the thirty one mile Fort Ripley Trail/Ripley Connection. Much of the trail passes along farm and country landscapes. This trail follows township roads, occasionally sharing the road with highway licensed vehicles. Parking is available at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Visitor Center eight miles south of Brainerd/Baxter.

Fort Ripley Trail and Ripley Connection: 31 miles
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Season: 5/1 – 10/31

This central Minnesota ATV trail is primarily flat and easy to ride with an occasional rolling hill. The trail narrows and winds through oak and pine covered hills near Sebie Lake, along the old Burlington Northern railroad grade. The trail is connected to Brainerd by the Crow Wing South Loop and offers additional riding on the Pine Center trail. Parking is available at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Visitor Center eight miles south of Brainerd/Baxter.

Mississippi Northwoods

The Mississippi Northwoods area is located just east of Brainerd on highway 210. The area is 2,000 acres of multi-purpose county land with over 20 miles of trails much of which is open to ATV riding. This is a very scenic area with a variety of landscape to ride through.

Miller- Black Bear Trail: 19 miles
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Season: 5/1 – 10/31

Located six miles west of Crosby Minnesota, the Miller – Black Bear trail travels 19 miles over rolling hills and past scenic overlooks of the Mississippi River. Six sites with picnic tables and grills are found along the trail.Watch for wildflowers in the spring! To access the parking area take Co. Rd. 30 north from Ironton for 3 miles. Turn South onto Co. Rd. 34 for 1.3 miles, then south again onto Co. Rd. 28. Take the first right and follow 1 mile to the parking area.

Emily/Outing ATV Trail: 56 miles
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Season: 5/01 – 10/31

Ranging from rocky and hilly to flat and open, beginners and advance riders alike will enjoy this trail. Many communities along the trail are ATV-friendly, allowing ATV travel within city limits. The trail is provided and maintained by Cass County and the Over the Hills Gang. Please be aware – portions of the trail share the road with vehicle traffic.

Please tread lightly on the environment, be courteous to others, respect private property and obey the law, you are contributing to the positive image of recreational motor vehicle activities. Responsible riders are also safe riders. Be sure to wear appropriate protective gear and maintain your machine. Don’t take chances that endanger yourself or others.

Attention:

Please check trails for temporary closures prior to riding!

Crow Wing County List
Minnesota DNR

Visitor Alert:

Always check trail/road closures for what’s open to ride. Temporary closures may happen due to weather or special events. Logging and road work may temporarily affect some trails/roads too.
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OHVs are generally permitted on state forest roads and trails in accordance with state forest motor vehicle use classifications and regulations.

Attention out of state travelers:

If you are not a resident of Minnesota and you’re operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), off-highway motorcycle (OHM) or off-road vehicle (ORV) on state or grant-in-aid trails, you’ll need a non-resident trail pass.
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Bike Trails

Minnesota Bike trails offer excellent cycling in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

When you set out to bike Minnesota keep in mind that Brainerd offers some of the best Minnesota Biking you will find. Brainerd and the Brainerd area offer the Mississippi River Trail,  Paul Bunyan trail, and hundreds of miles of scenic, low traffic, and smooth bike routes. Regardless of your riding skills Brainerd is sure to make your Minnesota Biking vacation one to remember.

If you are going to bike Minnesota our Bike routes should be at the top of your list.When you choose a Minnesota biking destination choose one that gives you a great selection of hotels, attractions, shopping, dining, and of course natural beauty. Brainerd is Minnesota’s playground and the perfect choice when you set out to bike Minnesota.

A Minnesota biking vacation should include natural beauty and a destination filled with activities and options for everyone. Brainerd offers just that so be sure that when you set out to Bike Minnesota, Brainerd is your first choice.