Headwaters Lake: Park Rapids - Itasca State Park - Bemidji - Walker Professional Review and Guide
"A 130-mile circuit between Park Rapids and Walker, traversing quintessential Paul Bunyan country—rolling expanses of aspen, birch, spruce, and pine dotted with myriad lakes, including gigantic Cass and Leech lakes. Portions of the route follow the Great River Road from Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi, eastward through state forest lands into the Chippewa National Forest.
Special attractions: The source of the Mississippi River, large stands of virgin pine, and historic log buildings at Itasca State Park; interpretive Bog Walk in Bemidji State Park; photogenic, giant statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji; biking on the Heartland State Trail between Walker and Park Rapids; hiking, horseback riding, skiing, and snowmobiling in Chippewa National Forest and Paul Bunyan State Forest; spring wildflowers, fall colors, and bird watching. 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."