Biking, Hiking & Ski Trails
Longville is becoming more and more bicycle-friendly. Designated “Bike Routes,” with wide, paved shoulders, no rumble strips and very moderate hills, already connect Longville to Hackensack along County Road 5, and Hwy 84 to County Road 5 along County Road 11. These routes can take you on a beautiful ride from Longville to the Paul Bunyan Trail, through the Chippewa National Forest and past several lakes.
There are hundreds of miles of additional trails in the area. For the Mountain Biker, try the Woodtick Trail, just west of Longville. It travels through the scenic Chippewa National Forest past Moccasin Lake and other smaller lakes to join up with the Paul Bunyan multi-use trail, just north of Hackensack. You can also try the Chippewa Trail that travels northward through the Chippewa National Forest. Plan on a few days for exploring these heavily forested scenic trails.
There are hundreds of miles of trails for bikers, in-line skaters and hikers. The famous Paul Bunyan trail extends 120 miles from Brainerd north to Lake Bemidji State Park, through secluded woods, meadows, alongside lakes and through several towns. The 7 communities through which the trail passes have developed many amenities for bikers.
The 24-mile Heartland Trail is located between Walker and Park Rapids. Between these 2 communities, the scenic trail weaves through woods, lakes and the communities of Akely, Nevis and Dorset. Each community provides abundant amenities for bikers.
Heartland State Trail
The Heartland State Trail was one of the first rail-to-trail projects in the country. It is a 49-mile multiple use trail between Park Rapids and Cass Lake. The trail is located entirely on a level abandoned railroad grade except for a four mile segment north of Walker, on sharply rolling terrain. The 27-mile segment between Park Rapids and Walker has a paved surface.
Deep Portage Conservation Reserve
Never skied or been on snowshoes? Deep Portage is the place to start. Located midway between Hackensack and Longville on County Road 46, Deep Portage has 18 km of looped groomed trails (4 km for skate-style), expert advice, warmth, snacks and Saturday learning programs. 218-682-2325
The North Country Trail
This section of the North Country Trail is part of a 3200 mile National Scenic Trail. The 75 miles of trail within the Chippewa National Forest are the first of 390 miles planned to be built in Minnesota. The Itasca Moraine Chapter covers 75 miles of the North Country Trail in Minnesota between Cass Co. 125 within the Chippewa National Forest and a point within Itasca State Park defined as the intersection of the Eagle Scout (NCT host trail) and Nicollet Trails. This boundary was established commensurate with the establishment of the Laurentian Lakes Chapter. Check out an interactive map of our trail segment. For more info on our activities, visit our Meetup group.
6 miles south of Walker on MN Hwy 34 (20 miles west of Longville) 10 km of groomed ski trails from novice to expert along the slopes of the Shingobee River Valley. 3 km groomed for skate-style skiing. This trail provides access to a network of ungroomed trails along the Shingobee River and to the North Country National Scenic Trail for the truly adventurous.
North and East of Hackensack is the Woodtick Trail, winding from Hwy 371 to the city of Longville. Several primative campsites are also available on the many smaller lakes in this area.