The mountain bike trails at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in northeastern Minnesota have opened for the season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
“We’re glad to be getting an early start on our second season and continuing to make trail improvements,” said Manager Steve Weber. “The area features 25 miles of single-track mountain bike trail spread throughout 800 acres. It has been well received by the public, and we expect even more visitors this season.”
Visitors are advised that volunteer crews will be working on the trails into early part of this month.
The Portsmouth Campground will open to the public beginning on April 6. The shower building and drinking water sources will not be available until mid-May. The campground offers 18 electric and seven nonelectric campsites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. One group campsite may be reserved in advance through the DNR’s reservation service at mndnr.gov/reservations or 866-857-2757 (TTY 952-936-4008).
Funding sources for the development of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area mountain bike trails included state bonding dollars, the Federal Transportation Enhancement Fund, and the Legacy Parks and Trails Fund. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the sales tax revenue and may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.
More information about the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area can be found on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov. A video tour of the trails can be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8exJZIz_GaQ.