Paul Bunyan State Forest Horseback Riding

The 6th most popular equestrian trail in Minnesota.

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South of Bemidji and the Mississippi headwaters, the Paul Bunyan State Forest has over 100 miles of trails and roads open to horseback riding. The trails are not marked. There are three nice loop trails worth checking out: Beaver Lakes Trail loop (6.9 miles); Thorpe Tower Loop (9 miles); Pine View Trail loop (7.6 miles).

To reach the trailhead from Akeley, head north on SR64 for 10 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 2. There is no formal parking area. Look for informal roadside parking.

Overall, Paul Bunyan State Forest is the 6th most popular horse trail of all 12 horseback rides in Minnesota.

Paul Bunyan State Forest Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Info (218) 755-2265; MN Visitors (800) 657-3700.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Minnesota" from Mary Jo Mosher

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Base Camp:  Mantrap Lake Campground; Gulch Lake Campground

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  47.0632, -94.7392

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/14/2016

ID:  15858

Paul Bunyan State Forest Horseback Riding Map


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