New Trail Maps Installed
The maps are up at two popular Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway trail sites.
Both Veterans Walking Trail at Island Lake Woods on CSAH 16 in Jenkins Township and Chiarella Trail just off CSAH 11 in Breezy Point now have new fiberglass embedded trail map panels at the trailhead area. The panel at Veterans Trail was sponsored by the Pequot American Legion Auxiliary; the Chiarella Trail panel was sponsored by Narveson Management. Thanks to these sponsors, trail users can now view the entire trail layout before they set out, making it easier and more fun to plan their walk.
Trails at these two sites were created during 2001 and 2002 through a DNR National Recreation Trails grant that was awarded to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association.
Since 2002, additional trails have been developed at the Veterans site, including the footbridge across Hay Creek that connects the south and north segments of the Island Lake Woods site, and the popular Wetlands Walk. The Wetlands Walk, a 500 foot wood decked walkway, gives trail users an up-close look at a shrub swamp and brings them to a picturesque island at the end of the walkway where a recently established loop trail takes them on a wooded walk around the island. The Sons of the American Legion-Pequot Lakes and Dave and Mary Badger have provided and continue to provide significant funding and work support for this site.
The trails are popular for more than just walkers. Birders, nature photo aficionados and wildlife watchers also enjoy the opportunities provided by these trails along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route.
Both Chiarella and Veterans Trails are open every day year ‘round. There is no charge to use them. The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association invites residents and visitors to stop by, see the new maps and walk the trails. Email for more information about these trails and other recreational opportunities along the Byway.