While not located on the trail, Brainerd is the largest
city in the trail region, and is located where the trail begins. Brainerd has many
services likely to be sought out by trail users.
More about Brainerd
The southern Trail Head is located in Baxter at the trail's
intersection with Excelsior Road. A temporary gravel parking lot is on the South side of
Excelsior...by the end of summer '96, there will be a 150 car lot across the street at the
Paul Bunyan Arboretum!
More about Baxter
This village is 9 miles north of Baxter on the trail.
Merrifield Lions shelter has public bathrooms, as does the North Long Lake public access,
which has a large parking lot as well.
More about Merrifield
Nisswa has public restroom facilities adjacent to the
trail, housed in the same building as the Chamber of Commerce. Also, a new 75 car parking
lot is expected to be completed by the end of summer.
More about Nisswa
The community of Pequot Lakes offers you public parking
lots adjacent to the trail on the north and south side of town. The town is in the process
of putting in a picnic shelter complete with bathrooms. Look for it in 1997-98.
More about Pequot Lakes
Gateway to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes
The city of Pine River has a parking lot adjacent to the
trail. The Chamber of Commerce is in the process of putting up a new facility on the
trail. This new structure will have bathrooms.
More about Pine River
Backus boasts a parking lot, beachside park, running water,
and lavatories all adjacent to the trail.
In the Hackensack area you will find public restrooms on
the trail and water available.