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Heartland State Trail, Walker

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Heartland State Trail is a multi-use recreational rail trail in north-central Minnesota, USA. It runs 49 miles (79 km) between Park Rapids and Cass Lake, intersecting with the Paul Bunyan State Trail around Walker. The entire route is paved, with a parallel grass trackway along the southern half for horseback riding and mountain biking. The northern half of the trail has some parallel trackway for snowmobiles. A 4-mile (6.4 km) segment north of Walker traverses very hilly terrain to appeal to snowmobilers; other users can follow a marked alternate route on paved road shoulders.
Established by an act of the Minnesota Legislature in 1974, the Heartland State Trail is one of the state's oldest rail trails. A westward extension was approved in 2006 to run 85–100 miles (137–161 km) from Park Rapids to Moorhead. This section is still in the planning stages and the exact route has not been finalized.
The trail's current route runs from Park Rapids through Dorset, Nevis, Akeley, and Walker to Cass Lake. The trail connects the communities of Park Rapids, Dorset, Nevis, Akeley, Walker and Cass Lake.
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  • Wonderful landscapes with minimal traffic. No problems with bugs during our stay. Great and safe trailheads for parking  more »
  • If your riding snowmobile, bike, walking, rollerblading this is a great trail. Travels around many lake and rivers. Not uncommon to see all different kinds of wildlife. Nice places to stop, shop...  more »

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