The Paul Bunyan Trail is now known as a ‘Power Trail’ by the geocaching community due to local geocachers placing so many caches along the length of the trail. While Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan GeoTourlists 100 caches, there are over 1,000 to be found! So whether you are new to the sport, or an experienced geocacher, the opportunity to experience adventure and fun in Paul Bunyan’s backyard is as legendary as he is!
The trail is anchored at both ends by Minnesota State Parks allowing you to begin or end your Paul Bunyan Trail adventure in Bemidji or Brainerd or at one of the many historic trail towns in between. The northern trailhead is located at Lake Bemidji State Park, the southern trail head is currently at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd/Baxter, with paving completion to Crow Wing State Park scheduled for July 2014. Wind through spectacular state forests, along the shores of lakes, and even cross the Mississippi River. Dotted with quaint trail towns, many visitor services are accessible – including shuttle service, bike rental and repair shops, a variety of lodging options and dining choices from a local trail side deli to fine dining. Including geocaching in your vacation plans provides an opportunity to explore the area beyond the typical ‘tourist’ perspective.