Destination Up North 2016 Up North - Page 20

20 • March 2016 www.DestinationUpNorth.com CENTRAL MN LAKES AREA Bikers have many choices Up North forests along the shores of some of Minnesota’s many lakes. The asphalt-paved trail crosses the 5,000-acre Cuyuna Country State (Continued from page 19) Recreation Area. When complete it will be about 30 miles, from sites for updates. Aitkin to Baxter, where it will connect to the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Currently, only the middle segment is open, from Riverton to Soo Line Recreational Trail The Soo Line Recreational Trail is a continuation of the Soo Line Crosby. Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton. This 10-mile segment, Dairyland Trail however, does not permit motorized uses, unlike its connecting segment to the northeast. The Soo Line continues southwest from The Dairyland Trail allows trail users to hike, bike or ride a horse for 6.2 miles on a crushed rock surface between the towns of Royalton along the abandoned railroad corridor to meet up with the Lake Wobegon Trail just north of Holdingford at 450th Street. Elrosa and Greenwald in Stearns County.. The trail, named in recognition the trail will eventually stretch for nearly 30 miles between The trail crosses the Mississippi River at Blanchard Dam, passing among farmland, wooded areas and creek bottoms. The trail runs Albany and Brooten. The open portion of trail passes through cornfields, prairie through the small community of Bowlus just south of midway. remnants and dairy farms. When complete, the trail will link with The Stearns County portion (at the Lake Wobegon Trail end in the Lake Wobegon Trail in Albany. Albany) is being developed as the Dairyland Trail. Soo Line South ATV Trail Unlike the other trails listed in this article, the Soo Line South ATV Trail allows for motorized use. The converted rail-trail runs for 105.6 miles between Royalton and the Minnesota–Wisconsin state line east of Pleasant Valley. The Soo Line South ATV Trail continues uninterrupted into Wisconsin, traveling for another 8.4 miles to Boylston Junction near Superior, Wis. This route includes a mix of woods, farmland and trestle crossings on the Kettle River and Birch Creek and includes the Northern Pine Riders ATV Trail. The Soo Line Trail South connects with the 148-mile Soo Line North ATV Trail, southwest of Moose Lake. Cuyuna Lakes State Trail The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail winds seven miles through pine s 3 Location e to serv Central & Northern Minnesota MS TRAM ride circling through Up North The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) i