Island Loop at Veterans Trail

Nearly 100 resources and points of interest have been identified along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route. Some of the spots are well known such as the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area or the Crosslake Historic Log Village. Others are not as commonly recognized.

Each of the quarterly issues of Inkslinger will highlight one of these lesser known Byway points of interest.

Island Loop at Veterans Trail

Last year a group of volunteers from the Pequot Legion, lead by Dave Badger, (wearing red hat) installed a 500-foot wetlands walk at the end of Ridge Path at Veterans Walking Trail. That wetlands walk ended at an island.

This spring of 2007 some of that same group of volunteers cleared a walking loop around that island. Now, rather than having to turn around at the end of the walkway, hikers and walkers can take the approximately 1/4 mile loop around the perimeter of the island. The south end of the loop passes by the edge of the shrub swamp and then turns to the higher ground on the Hay Creek side.

A resting bench is located at the top of the overlook that was purportedly used by native Americans and early explorers such as Zebulon Pike to assess the surroundings.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007
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Inkslinger Volume 7 Summer 2007