Best Trails State

It's official! Minnesota is the "Best Trails State" in the entire country, and has been awarded the official title by the American Trails group. Most Minnesotans won't be surprised by this at all, as Minnesota has an outstanding statewide system of trails, with successful partnerships with scores of trail users, trail advisory groups, and support groups.

The Best Trails State award is presented every two years by American Trails, the only national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail types, including bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, equestrian, snowmobile, off-highway vehicle, and water trails.

Other trails awards

  • The Paul Bunyan State Trail, which is paved for 112 miles between Brainerd and Bemidji, was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in February 2011.
  • Minnesota was ranked the second most "bike friendly" state in the country by the League of American Cyclists
  • Minneapolis was named the #1 bicycling city in the U.S. by Bicycling Magazine
  • Ron Potter, recreation systems manager for the DNR, received the American Trails group's State Trail Advocacy Award for his support of the state's trail systems in the face of budget cuts
  • David Halsey, president of the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club, received the American Trails group's State Trail Worker Award for organizing the club to reopen ATV areas in the Chippewa National Forest, and for volunteering with the Forest Service to help the two groups understand each other's needs