Home » Cities Near Brainerd, MN Brainerd MN Area Cities - Lakes Area Communities BaxterBrainerdBreezy PointCrosbyCrosslakeDeerwoodLake ShoreMerrifieldNisswaPequot LakesPillagerPine River Get Directions For Driving Walking Transit Bicycling show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways Avoid Ferries From Remove Add Waypoint To Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Brainerd, MN In the heart of MN, this city is surrounded on all sides by communities that support the Brainerd Lakes Area. Crosby, MN The Cuyuna Range runs right through Crosby, MN and hosts one of the largest IMBA mountain bike trails in MN. Lakeshore, MN Surrounded by seven lakes, Lake Shore is loaded with fishing and hiking spots including Fritz Loven Park. Pequot Lakes, MN From Beanhole Days to craft fairs and parades, Pequot Lakes hosts many of the Brainerd Lakes Area's events. Baxter, MN This MN Star Cluster city to Brainerd is home to many of the Community's most valuable commerce. Crosslake, MN As the gateway to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, Crosslake is your Brainerd Lakes Area fisherman's dream. Merrifield, MN Merrfield is part of the Lake Edward township just nine miles out of Brainerd. Pillager, MN Just 10 miles southwest of Brainerd, Pillager is full of rich history like the Pillager Trading Post and Antiques Store. Breezy Point, MN Breezy Point offers a prime entrance to the Paul Bunyan Trail for biking, snowmobiling and winter hiking. Deerwood, MN Elmer Park in Deerwood is home to the old Deerwood Railroad Depot and is known for the Deerwood Summerfest. Nisswa, MN Home to unique shops, eateries, and to a major Lakes Event, the Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Pine River, MN Check out the birthplace of the Brainerd Lakes Area's famous Paul Buyan Hiking & Biking Trail.