An 85-mile circle route from Brainerd into the popular, rolling lake country of central Minnesota. The drive, mostly on quiet county roads, includes a loop around prestigious Gull Lake, stops in resort communities such as Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, and Cross Lake, and a foray into the Cuyuna Iron Range, where the deepest lakes are man-made.
Special attractions: Animated, talking Paul Bunyan at Paul Bunyan Amusement Center in Brainerd; Lumbertown USA, a replica of a nineteenth century logging village on Gull Lake; Paul Bunyan Trail between Brainerd and Hackensack; hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding in Pillsbury State Forest; Croft Mine Historical Park in Crosby; picturesque resort villages of Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, and Cross Lake; fishing, canoeing, water-skiing, biking, golf, tennis. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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