Destination Up North 2016 Up North - Page 19

March 2016 • 19 of Walker. The trail passes through Dorset, Akeley and Nevis, three small resort towns hosting restaurants and shops The 27 miles between Park Rapids and Walker have a paved surface as does the 20 mile segment from Walker to Cass Lake now. Full Service Landscaping Lawn Services Custom Built Log Furniture L I T T L E FA L L S 7KH3ODFH7R%H 4 4 T H 4 4 T H CENTRAL MN LAKES AREA Shingobee Connection Trail The Shingobee Connection Trail, an asphalt-paved span of almost seven miles, offers a key link between the Heartland State Trail and the Paul Bunyan State Trail—making it possible to travel more than 175 continuous paved miles through central Minnesota. The trail runs through Walker and the Chippewa National Forest. This segment offers many recreational amenities: campgrounds, lakes and streams for fishing, hiking and plentiful birdwatching and wildlife viewing opportunities. Paul Bunyan State Trail The Paul Bunyan State Trail, spanning nearly 120 miles from Lake Bemidji state Park at Bemidji to Crow Wing state Park near Baxter, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. The trail passes through boreal forests, along more than 20 lakes and 10 rivers/streams, and among meadows sporting wildflowers in spring. The southern half of the trail passes through the towns of Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Pine River and Hackensack. Most of the northern portion, between Walker and Bemidji, is more secluded. In 2016, users should use caution between Nisswa and Jenkins. While the trail will remain open, State Highway 371 is being realigned and expanded to four lanes, and the trail being rebuilt in that area as a result. Check the Minnesota DNR and state DOT Web (Continued on page 20) A N N U A L A N N U A L 320-260-2042 42 MAR16 M Saturday, September 10 & Sunday, September 11 DOWNTOWN LITTLE FALLS 600 Juried Exhibitors • Artists • Crafters 50 Food Vendors • Free Parking • Free Shuttle Bus Sponsored by the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce For more information call 320-632-5155 or visit MAR16 SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2016 MAR16 5DWHGRQHRIWKH%(67 DUWV FUDIWVIDLUVLQWKHQDWLRQ