Why PBSBA is Your Minnesota Scenic Byway
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association promotes 54 miles in our region fondly known as the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. This scenic route loops through five cities, nine townships and two counties– encompassing some of the best resources our state has to offer. The Scenic Byway includes walking paths, recreational parks, wildlife management areas, historic sites and more. Our mission to expand safe shoulders for bikers and walkers to enjoy the Scenic Byway continues; as well as developing new sites to explore.
So... what does the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association do in our area? The PBSBA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our vision is to strengthen the quality of life and visitor experience along the route by promoting and enhancing the area’s resources and amenities that support economic vitality. Vision became reality in May 2017 with the dedication of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens at the Crosslake Corps of Engineers Recreation Area. Through our partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers this local landmark now has established a unique environmental, educational, natural and recreational garden destination with something for all ages, drawing ever more visitors and tourists to explore the area. Come and see the engraved paver walkway, audio learning boxes and indoor Learning Center. Funding is still needed for development of the gardens and Learning Center.
The popular story book-style Welcome Brochures are printed and direct-mailed to attract visitors from Wisconsin and Iowa. We printed 25,000 new Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Maps. Find both of these publications in local Discover Racks in the Brainerd Lakes Area promoting Whitefish Area Lodging and Scenic Byway sites of interest.
We have been working to help save and preserve the Fire Tower in Pequot Lakes. This has been a community effort that we are proud to support.
You will also notice our new and improved road signs along the routes of the Scenic Byway; made better with improved reflectivity for safer wayfinding even in inclement weather.
Volunteering is a great way to help your Scenic Byway! If you want to lend a hand, we have short and long term projects available and would love your help. We are also looking for people to serve on our Board. Call Cindy Nelson (612) 201-0888 if you would like more information or have any questions.
We challenge you to take some time this year and have fun exploring your Scenic Byway and support what you enjoy!
— The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Board