Get to know Paul Bunyan and his namesake Byway a little better this year. Spend a day or two exploring the lore along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway!
This 54 mile route, is brimming with recreational opportunities. Located entirely on county roads in northern Crow Wing County and poking into the southeast side of Cass County, it’s much more than just a beautiful drive. 14 interpretive panel kiosks dot the byway route offering a little truth and a little lore about the history of the area, as seen through the wink and wit of Paul Bunyan.
Resorts, restaurants, golf courses, shopping, local events and four-season fun abound in and around the Byway communities of Breezy Point, Crosslake, Jenkins, Pine River, Manhattan Beach and Pequot Lakes. The route passes through eight townships as well. Keep your eyes sharp for the seven sets of Paul Bunyan’s giant footprints. Here’s a hint: look in Barclay Township, Ideal Township, Breezy Point, Pequot Lakes, Pine River, Jenkins and Crosslake. Can you find them all?
Walk, stroll, hike, or run on the route’s wide paved shoulders, in the many walking trails, and through the parks along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. Enjoy scenic trails for nature walks and photography. Those footprints of Paul Bunyan's can be elusive seen from a distance in several of the Byway parks. The Veterans Walking Trail on County Road 16 features nearly 1.5 miles of forested trail boasting a Wetlands Walk, an island trail and resting bench, a footbridge over a navigable creek, trailhead kiosk and easy parking.
Several public accesses and three public beaches provide easy room to park and head out on the water. Ask for a Tour Map and Tour Guide Brochure from any local Chamber of Commerce offices or Contact us.
This summer, the Byway community welcomes silent sporters like - bird watchers; bicyclists, roller bladers; hikers and even those out for a peaceful walk. And since 'ole Babe has a soft spot in his heart for the tingles of exhilaration he gets when he thunders along the lakes on his BIG blue 'Babeliner'... well, we welcome boaters too. Keep an ear out for his bellerin' through the channels. Watch for Paul Bunyan himself at upcoming community events, festivals and parades. Visit the Paul Bunyan Exhibit Room at Crosslake’s Corps of Engineers Campground. While you're there, grab a copy of the popular Birds of the Byway brochure and find the best locations along the route for viewing everything from ospreys to finches.