Legend has it that the rain-filled footprint of Paul Bunya and Babe the Blue Ox created the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. If that’s the case, then surely it was a friend following on a bike that made the rivers.
Minnesota was recently named the number one most bike-friendly state. Minneapolis movers as well as Duluth and Rochester movers would like to share with you 5 great places where you can get your pedal-fix.
1) The Skyline Parkway Scenic Byway is a 25.2 mile trail along Lake Superior in Duluth which features 12 creeks to splash through (or over) with stops in 12 parks or nature areas, including Spirit Mountain.
2) The Heartland State Trail is a converted railway which connects Park Rapids, Walker and Cass Lake, with an intersection with the Paul Bunyan State Trail, which can take cyclists from Brainerd to Bemidji, encase you need to check out a few of the lumberjack’s footprints.
3) The Root River State Trail, in the southern part of the state, winds through the valleys and offers glimpse of bluffs and canyons. It connects with Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail.
4) The Annual St. Paul Classic Bike Tour is in the heart of the city and offers live music and refreshments at pit stops along the 15 to 40 mile circuit, all traffic-free. This year’s event is scheduled for September 9, so register soon!
5) The Gitchi-Gami State Trail will stretch along 88 miles of the Lake Superior North Shore when completed. It currently has 33 miles finished, including spectacular views of the lake, lighthouses, bridges, creeks and forests.
Where’s your favorite bike trail or path in Minnesota? Tell us about your great cycling adventures in the comments!