Incredible winter wonderland sites

This year walking in a winter wonderland is more than a good tune. It’s a daily opportunity. The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a great place to exercise that opportunity. Described here are just a few of the incredible winter wonderland sites available to you every day along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route.

Chiarella Forest Management Area: This 77 acre tract located off County Road 11 just a few miles north and east of the Breezy Point gates is a mix of forest replanting and meadowlands.  Its off-the-beaten-path location makes it a perfect peaceful prowl for birders. Bring boots. You may be the trailbreaker.

Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area: Well known as Minnesota’s first ‘Landscaping For Wildlife’ demonstration project, the area features components designed to attract the area’s wildlife. Located 8 miles east of Highway 371 on County Road 16, an ample parking area makes it easy to invite friends to join you in an afternoon of cross country skiing or winter walking. Paths are wide so you can visit as you go.

Veterans Walking Trail: An interpretive panel located at the trail head tells the history of this site. A smaller map panel clearly shows the layout of the trails. Located 3 miles east of Highway 371 on County Road 16, this is a place that will capture your heart. Imagine the Native Americans and early explorers who traversed through this place, sometimes camping on the island at the end of the Wetlands Walk. Stand over Hay Creek on the walking bridge that connects the north and south lobes of this site and picture the winter treks those many, many years ago. Or, muse on the lighter side and keep an eye out for the remains of a still, purported by some old timers to be around here yet today. Snowshoes or walking boots will get you around easily. There’s a parking area at the trailhead.

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Published Date: 
Thursday, December 6, 2007
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the Brainerd Dispatch