Headwaters Challenge

Park Rapids, Minnesota 56470

Headwaters Challenge

Headwaters Challenge Professional Review and Guide

"Northern Minnesota is the land of the mythical giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Legends tell of Paul clearing whole forests with a swing of his ax. The truth was that, to the lumber barons, every tree had a dollar sign on it, and they brought armies of men and animals to cut the trees and leave behind a landscape as desolate as the moon.

Along the road you'll see larger second-growth trees mixed with stands of smaller aspen trees. Aspen is the popular species in logging these days; it regenerates in a mere twenty years and is used to make chipboard panels for building construction. Entering Itasca State Park, you'll be enthralled by the stately, old-growth forest, just as Jacob Brower was before he became the driving force behind creating Itasca State Park in 1891. The huge white and red pines inspire a reverence for nature that a managed, harvested forest never can."

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Trail Information

Park Rapids
Nearby City
81.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Headwaters 100, Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce 800-247-0054
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Jul 2018