Headwaters Classic Ride

Park Rapids, Minnesota

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Sometimes called the gateway to Itasca State Park, this ride starts on the western end of the Heartland Trail in the bustling town of Park Rapids. Also known as the "Loon Capital of the U. S. A.," what started as a farming, logging, and milling community in the late 1800s has evolved into a premier resort destination. With more than 400 lakes in the area, you will enjoy meandering around several recreational hot spots as the route takes you up to Itasca State Park. Here you can visit the historic Douglas Lodge and stand at the headwaters of the Mississippi River. On your return, the ride makes its southern loop around irrigated farm fields and more lakes to give you one of the best scenic tours in the Northlands.
Road Biking Minnesota

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Road Biking Minnesota

by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)

Sometimes called the gateway to Itasca State Park, this ride starts on the western end of the Heartland Trail in the bustling town of Park Rapids. Also known as the "Loon Capital of the U. S. A.," what started as a farming, logging, and milling community in the late 1800s has evolved into a premier resort destination.

With more than 400 lakes in the area, you will enjoy meandering around several recreational hot spots as the route takes you up to Itasca State Park. Here you can visit the historic Douglas Lodge and stand at the headwaters of the Mississippi River. On your return, the ride makes its southern loop around irrigated farm fields and more lakes to give you one of the best scenic tours in the Northlands.

©  M. Russ Lowthian/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Park Rapids
Distance: 86
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 1,450 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Local Contacts: Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Driving Directions: Directions to Headwaters Classic Ride

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