Tour Map for Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway


Wayfinding: Byway signs dot the roadside with County signage marking the six routes of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. Site marker signs identify sites along the Byway routes. Interpretive site kiosks are marked on the route map. Most sites offer a bench or picnic table for a well deserved rest stop. Read the interpretive panels at each site along the Byway routes and learn the area’s rich, entertaining history sprinkled with Paul’s whimsical tall tale wit. The route map indicates Chamber Information Centers in Pine River, Pequot Lakes and Crosslake, where you’ll find guidebooks, maps, and brochures to help you discover more to see and do during your visit to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes area.

The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is 54 miles of paved, wide-shouldered county roads traversing scenic northern Crow Wing County and just poking into in Cass County. The Byway route winds through fourteen local government jurisdictions: City of Jenkins, Jenkins Township, Ideal Township, City of Crosslake, Mission Township, Pelican Township, Breezy Township, City of Pequot Lakes, Wilson Township, Timothy Township, City of Manhattan Beach, Barclay Township, Gail Lake Township, and the City of Pine River.

Start anywhere along the Byway route. There's something to see or do in all directions and in all seasons. Enjoy stunning scenery and recreational opportunities year round along the Byway's navigable roads with; thirteen interpretive kiosk sites, miles of walking and biking trails (8 ft shoulders) and bikeways (6-8 ft shoulders), and access to lakes, brooks and rivers including historic Whitefish Chain of Lakes and the Pine River.

Pictured here is one of 13 Interpretive Panel Kiosks located on the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. This one tells the truth and lore of logging and the Old Grade Road. Now the railbed serves as a minimum maintenance road that loggers still use for hauling logs out of the many acres of woods north of CSAH 1. The Kiosk is located on the south side of CSAH 1 across from the entrance to the Old Grade Road.