Brainerd, MN (PRWEB) April 13, 2013
From Brainerd Minnesota to Bemidji the 110 mile Paul Bunyan trail, named for the legendary large logger, is arguably the state’s favorite paved trail for hiking, biking, inline skating, and snowmobiling. Now the trail is destined to be a geocaching mecca with the creation of the MN Paul Bunyan GeoTour.
This is a free outdoor treasure hunt where players of almost any age try to locate hidden containers called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. This rapidly growing sport is for those who love technology, nature and adventure. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
This scenic trail originally connected the towns along its length by the train that traveled the distance regularly. About 1993, the rail-to-trail conversion resulted in a multi-use recreational trail which has been used mainly by snowmobilers and bicyclists. With the recent addition of nearly 900 geocaches by members of the NorthStar GeoSeekers Club, the area is destined to host new adventures for visitors and locals alike.
To inspire outdoor play using location-based technology that supports outdoor recreational areas and brings online communities together in physical locations is the mission statement of Geocaching.com, the creators of the sport, and the apps used for the sport.
With support from Explore Minnesota Tourism the trail town tourism organizations of Visit Bemidji, Leech Lake Chamber-Walker, Pine River Chamber, Brainerd Lakes Chamber-Pequout Lakes, Nisswa Chamber and Visit Brainerd saw an opportunity to unite and market the area to visitors from around the globe with the common goal of bringing them to Minnesota’s Northwest Central Region.
Called a power trail due to the large number of caches placed along the 110 mile trail, this exciting new Geotour stretches the length of the 110 mile Paul Bunyan State Trail offering adventure and fun to not only experienced geocachers but people new to the sport as well. All right in Paul Bunyan’s backyard making this new Minnesota adventure destined to be as legendary as the big logger himself.
Although an all season sport it is best enjoyed during spring, summer and fall. With so much trail to explore and so many activities along the way many visitors plan to spend several days in the area to truly take in the whole adventure that is offered. Information on lodging, bike rental, shuttle and other services along the trail are available at http://www.paulbunyantrail.org and information about the Brainerd Lakes Area is available at http://www.visitbrainerd.com.
About Visit Brainerd
Visit Brainerd represents the hotels, warter parks, and RV park and provides visitors information on area activities, events, lodging, and more through their website at http://www.visitbrainerd.com, their blog, and social media. This is the most comprehensive and up to date website for the Brainerd Lakes Area.