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mountain biking at True North Basecamps Minnesota



Hey there, adrenaline junkies and nature lovers! Are you looking for a quick escape from the city that offers a little bit of everything? Look no further! Cuyuna, Minnesota, is the perfect destination for outdoor adventure, and it's just a short drive away. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time adventurer, there's something for everyone in Cuyuna. And don't worry; it's not all about death-defying jumps and heart-pumping climbs. Plenty of beginner-friendly trails wind through stunning forests and past picturesque lakes. So pack your bags, and let's head to Cuyuna for an
unforgettable outdoor experience!

Beginner Trails

Are you ready to hit the trails and experience the best of Cuyuna's great outdoors? With trails classified like downhill ski runs, there's something for every skill level - from beginner to expert. Take it easy on the Dragline, Bobsled, or Galloping Goose, or ramp up the excitement on more challenging trails. And don't worry if you don't have a bike of your own - you can always rent one from the local bike shops. And when you need a break from the trails, dive into the crystal clear mine lakes for some aquatic fun. 

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Paddling Mine Lakes

Hey there, paddle enthusiasts! Get ready for a truly unforgettable experience on the pure and crystal clear waters of Cuyuna's mine lakes. Stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are must-do activities in this stunning destination, and for a good reason. With visibility down to almost 40 feet, you'll be able to take in the breathtaking sights of the surrounding landscape and the fantastic life below the surface. And safety always comes first - be sure to wear a life jacket, as the mine lakes are deep. Check out this link to connect with local outfitters offering paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes, and start exploring the sights and sounds of Cuyuna today! And remember to shout out to Lowlight Images for the excellent photo credit!

Additional Activity Options In Cuyuna

Cuyuna is home to many great dining options. Here's a link to some great options.

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1. Dining

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2. Lookout Mountain

Are you ready to take in some of the most stunning views in Cuyuna? Look no further than Miner's Mountain, the tallest point in the recreation area. Built by miners one dump truck at a time, this beautiful hill is now covered in mountain bike trails and accessible by road. And the views from the top are simply breathtaking - take in sunrises, sunsets, and the stars, or just enjoy the cool breeze as you gaze out over Huntington Mine Lake, which is a staggering 258 feet deep.

3. Minnesota Mining History Lesson

The Soo Line Depot Museum. Joel Lena from San Francisco says this local, free admission museum is definitely worth a stop. It is a museum of the local mining activities as well as many artifacts of Americana. Kids will get a kick out of seeing original snowmobiles, birch bark canoes and 1920 era home appliances. The volunteers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A great stop. (101 1st Street NE, 218-546-6178) in Crosby. Soo Line Depot Museum is open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend from

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Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00PM. Link to website. Photo credit: Soo Line Depot Museum

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4. Picking Fresh Strawberries

Elm Island Lake Berry Farm is family owned and is about 20 miles from Cuyuna. Pick your own strawberries on small fields surrounded by woods and natural hay fields. Picking usually begins the last week of June. Address: 36854 Deer St, Aitkin, MN 56431. Phone: (218) 927-3087 Link to website

5. Mini Golf at Traditions at Cuyuna Falls

This is a top 5 Mini Golf Course in Minnesota. It features a waterfall, fountain ponds, bridges, breath taking landscape and music plays throughout the entire course! It also has batting cages and water wars game. Traditions Mini Golf (24228 State Highway 210, 218-534-9250) in Deerwood. Open daily summer. Link to website

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6. Paul Bunyan Land

A quick 20 minute drive will get you to see the real 26 ft. Paul Bunyan. Paul Bunyan Land is an amusement park that offers several recreational and entertainment services for kids and adults. It has several rides, including roller coaster, marry-go-round, apple ride and flying cage. Best of all, Paul will magically say your name. Paul Bunyan Land (17553 State Highway 18, 218-764-2524) in Brainerd. Open daily summer.

7. Cuyuna Lanes

Bowling at Cuyuna Lanes is fun for all ages. Its located on Crosby Main Street 218 W Main St Crosby, Minnesota. Call (218) 546-5027 for current business hours.

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8. Milford Mine Memorial Park

This park memorializes o the 41 miners who lost their lives at this location on February 5, 1924. This park site is a "must see" on the Cuyuna Range. There are multiple walkways and beautiful signs. The boardwalk over the water leads you to the shaft where the survivors made their escape.

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