MN Biking Guide 2013-2014 : Page 6

SPECIAL SPONSORED SECTION Heartland State Trail: Park Rapids to Nevis There’s plenty to see and do along all of our bike trails, and in the trail towns along the way. Here’s a sample of the kinds of things you can enjoy along a bike trail. SAMPLE ITINERARY Driving Distance: From Twin Cities, 195 mi.; from Moorhead, 85 mi. Biking distance: Park Rapids to Dorset, 6.3 miles; Dorset to Nevis, 5.3 miles Biking trip length: 1.5 to 4 hours Start your bike ride in Park Rapids at Heartland Park (Mill Street at Heart-land Street, near Highway 34) where there is ample parking, a playground, a swimming beach, picnic shelters, and a restroom. Head northeast on the Heart-land State Trail to the village of Dorset. Along the way, keep an eye out for bluebirds and hawks as you pedal past colorful wildflowers, rolling hayfields, and forested areas. Dorset is tiny (only one block) and quaint, but claims to be the “Restaurant Capital of the World.” Grab lunch or a snack at a cafe in town or simply refill water bottles at the trailhead pump. Return to Park Rapids or continue down the trail to Nevis . Look for bea-vers in the ponds and eagles soaring over the lakes. With 90 lakes within a 10-mile radius, Nevis is famous for fish. In town, snap a photo next to “The World’s Largest Tiger Muskie.” Cool off at the Lake Belle Taine beach in Halvor-son Park, where there’s also a play-ground, restrooms, and picnic tables. Back in Park Rapids , take a dip in the Fish Hook River at Heartland Park before loading up the car, and then head downtown to reward yourself with ice cream or dinner. To extend your trip, explore Itasca State Park 20 miles north of town; step across the headwaters of the Mississippi River here. There’s also a bike trail in the park. Time your trip around a festival: Muskie Days in Nevis in July; Legends and Logging Days in Park Rapids or A Taste of Dorset, both in August. B -6 | mnmo.com | april 2013

Sample Itinerary

Heartland State Trail: Park Rapids to Nevis<br /> <br /> There’s plenty to see and do along all of our bike trails, and in the trail towns along the way. Here’s a sample of the kinds of things you can enjoy along a bike trail.<br /> <br /> Driving Distance:<br /> From Twin Cities, 195 mi.;<br /> from Moorhead, 85 mi.<br /> <br /> Biking distance:<br /> Park Rapids to Dorset, 6.3 miles;<br /> Dorset to Nevis, 5.3 miles<br /> <br /> Biking trip length: 1.5 to 4 hours<br /> <br /> Start your bike ride in Park Rapids at Heartland Park (Mill Street at Heartland Street, near Highway 34) where there is ample parking, a playground, a swimming beach, picnic shelters, and a restroom. Head northeast on the Heartland State Trail to the village of Dorset. Along the way, keep an eye out for bluebirds and hawks as you pedal past colorful wildflowers, rolling hayfields, and forested areas.<br /> <br /> Dorset is tiny (only one block) and quaint, but claims to be the “Restaurant Capital of the World.” Grab lunch or a snack at a cafe in town or simply refill water bottles at the trailhead pump. Return to Park Rapids or continue down the trail to Nevis. Look for beavers in the ponds and eagles soaring over the lakes. With 90 lakes within a 10-mile radius, Nevis is famous for fish. In town, snap a photo next to “The World’s Largest Tiger Muskie.” Cool off at the Lake Belle Taine beach in Halvorson Park, where there’s also a playground, restrooms, and picnic tables.<br /> <br /> Back in Park Rapids, take a dip in the Fish Hook River at Heartland Park before loading up the car, and then head downtown to reward yourself with ice cream or dinner. To extend your trip, explore Itasca State Park 20 miles north of town; step across the headwaters of the Mississippi River here. There’s also a bike trail in the park. Time your trip around a festival: Muskie Days in Nevis in July; Legends and Logging Days in Park Rapids or A Taste of Dorset, both in August.

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