The longest paved rail-trail in the country, the aptly named Paul Bunyan Trail, gets its start in Lake Bemidji State Park, traveling south along the shore of Lake Bemidji for nearly 7 miles to downtown. For a 5K loop in the city limits, start at the iconic Paul & Babe statues and follow the lake's southwest shore through the picturesque Bemidji State University campus.

Paul Bunyan and Blue Ox bike trail in Bemidji | Explore Minnesota


Mosey your way along the Red Lake and Red river on The Greenway, a 2,200-acre natural open space hugging the Minnesota-North Dakota border. The Minnesota side features multiple trailheads and parks with everything from pickleball courts to horseshoe pits. Passing right by downtown, it's also perfect for pre- or post- dinner strolls.

Greenway Trail in East Grand Forks | Explore Minnesota


Pick a section or conquer all 7 miles of the River Walk in Thief River Falls, which winds along the river through numerous parks, past a dam and the historic Soo Line Railroad Depot and steam locomotive. Historical markers along the way depict what the area looked like many years ago.

River Walk in Thief River Falls | Ezra Grothe 

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