Welcome to the Cuyuna Lakes Trail!
Cuyuna Lakes Trails Are Ready for YOU - Biking & Hiking!
The Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association exists to promote, create, and maintain paved bicycling trails connecting various communities in and around the area known formerly as the Cuyuna Iron Range.
Biking, Mountain Biking, In-Line Skating (or Roller Blading), Running, Walking, Skiing, Hiking, Geo-Caching, Hunting and Fishing activities are all available in the Cuyuna State Recreation Area!
Cuyuna Lakes Paved Trail
The Cuyuna Lakes Trail is a paved trail project underway to connect the communities of Aitkin, Cuyuna Lakes and Brainerd. Locally, the Cuyuna Lakes Trail extends from Crosby to Riverton, with plans this year to extend the trail to Deerwood, MN.
This is an exceptionally scenic route through the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area offering beautiful views of crystal clear mine lakes and connects to the world class mountain bike trails.
There are also paved segments of the Cuyuna Lakes Trail in development in Aitkin and Brainerd. In Brainerd the trail joins the Paul Bunyan Trail. Our goal is to connect Cuyuna Lakes Trail with the Paul Bunyan Trail in Brainerd.
Mississippi River Trail
The Cuyuna Lakes Trail also offers a route for the Mississippi River Trail. The MRT is the nationally designated bikeway that will follow off-road trails and roadways from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. The communities of Aitkin, Cuyuna Lakes and Brainerd have combined to be host cities for the Mississippi River Trail.
Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association
The Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association is a non profit advocasy organization working since 2001 to promote the trail connection of these communities.
The Cuyuna Lakes Trail began as a Blandin Leadership project to create an enhanced sense of identity, a healthier lifestyle and a stronger economy for all the communities along its route.
Weaving its way through towering pines, skirting the edges of Minnesota's newest lakes, and winding quietly under the cries of ospreys, a trail connects people to nature.
The exciting Cuyuna Lakes State Trail is a multi-purpose state trail through the five-thousand acre Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA). See Route Map.
Currently the trail runs from Riverton to the Deerwood city limits, just south of the Hallett Community Center. The next leg, from Heartwood to downtown Deerwood is scheduled for the fall of 2016.
The Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is under development at this time. Certain activities are restricted until planned facilities are completed. Please call the CCSRA office before planning a visit for up-to-date availability of resources at (218) 546-5926.
With local help and support, a dream to create the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail was born; its purpose being to preserve and yet share the recreation area, encouraging a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
The CLTA believes that, when completed, this trail network will create an enhanced sense of identity and unity for the communities involved.
Please give your resources the respect they deserve, thank you!