Paul Bunyan State Trail to remain open during Highway 371 realignment

The Paul Bunyan State Trail between Nisswa and Jenkins will remain open during the State Highway 371 North realignment project, but trail users should be cautious near construction activity and check trail conditions before traveling.

Construction crews will begin removing brush and trees at the end of January, and work near the Paul Bunyan State Trail is expected to last through the fall of 2016. No closures of the trail are expected this winter, but snowmobile trail users could encounter crews working near the trail and are asked watch for activity and proceed cautiously.

To allow for highway realignment, a new section of trail will be constructed this summer and will become a permanent reroute. The trail alignment will be changed with minimal disruption to users.  

The Paul Bunyan State Trail is 115 miles long and extends from Crow Wing State Park south of Brainerd, to Lake Bemidji State Park north of Bemidji. It is the longest of Minnesota’s paved state trails and the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the country.

For construction updates, trail conditions and more information about the Paul Bunyan State Trail, visit the state trails page