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Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway

Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway


The 54-mile route of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is essentially two loops, winding through Minnesota from the Pequot Lakes to Crosslake. Visitors to the byway will enjoy the scenery, the interpretive kiosks, the recreation, and more, all while celebrating the tale of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

Visitors to this region can enjoy a leisurely day of driving on the Byway, or it can be stretched into an entire vacation. The region is filled with lakes including the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, which, as the story goes, are the hoof prints of Babe the Blue Ox. In fact, the lakes of the entire region are said to have come from the legendary Paul Bunyan.

Not only is the Byway a great way to enjoy this region of Minnesota, but it also is a fantastic way to revel in the legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and their influence on the region. This Byway is the only one in the country named after, and dedicated to, a fictional legend.

Beyond the delightful stories of Paul Bunyan, the Byway route offers plenty of opportunity for recreation. In fact, there are even 70 miles of paved trails for biking alone. The roads of this byway have wide shoulders to accommodate cyclists.

The abundant lakes make this a fantastic summer destination. Visitors can enjoy many opportunities to stop and relax, swim, boat and even fish. If you are a nature enthusiast, this region is also a great one for birding. This region is also know for its resorts and golfing.

The nature of the region is a reason to go in and of itself. Along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, you'll travel through the forests of Minnesota. In addition, the region also has the Paul Bunyan State Trail, which hikers and bikers can enjoy throughout the spring in summer. Should you visit during the winter, you can cross-country ski the same route.

Travelers will find delightful little communities along the route. Within these communities there are fabulous antique and souvenir shops as well as great dining. Also, don't forget to stop at the interpretive site kiosks along the route.

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