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Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Hubbard County offers recreational opportunities for every season.

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Heartland Trail

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) maintains Heartland Trail, a multi-use recreational trail along an abandoned railroad bed. This east-west trail begins in Park Rapids and connects Dorset, Nevis and Akeley. Rest stops are located in each of these communities and on state Highway 34 at the Hubbard-Cass County line where the Heartland Trail and north-south Paul Bunyan Trail connect.

ATV/OHV trails

    TheDNR and Hubbard County operate a network of all-terrain vehicle/off-highway vehicle (ATV/OHV)trails on state and county forestland. Signed trails now guide visitors in the Paul Bunyan State Forest and Badoura State Forest. Trails are open May 1 through Nov. 1. For special closing dates, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/index.html.

North Country Trail

    The North Country Trail, an extension of the national North Country Scenic Trail, now extends from the Chippewa National Forest on the countys eastern perimeter through the Paul Bunyan State Forest to Itasca State Park and 35 miles into Clearwater and Becker counties. Four rustic campsites are available. For more information, go to www.northcountrytrail.org.

Itasca State Park

    Itasca is the fourth largest state park in the United States, located 21 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71. It is best known as the source of the Mississippi headwaters, but the parks boundaries encompass 32,000 acres of lakes and virgin pine forest. Itasca offers hiking and biking trails with campsites for views of lakes and bogs, and abundant bird and wildlife.

    The Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center serves as a doorway to the parks natural, cultural, historical and archeological resources. The Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center, dedicated in the fall of 2005 provides services, educational displays and improved access to the source of the mighty river. Information about Itasca State Park is available from park headquarters at 218-266-2100.

Park Rapids recreation

    Park Rapids offers a variety of opportunities for recreation, including an indoor swimming pool at the high school, a skateboard park and tennis courts. Tennis courts are located in Depot Park, at the Century School on Helten Avenue and in Heartland Park. Public restrooms are located at Depot Park and Heartland Park. In the winter, there is an outdoor public skating rink adjacent to the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena and a rink located at Depot Park. Other winter recreation includes groomed snowmobile and cross-country ski trails and, of course, ice fishing.

    Golf courses: the area has seven golf courses:Bears Den at Timberlane Lodge on CSAH 20, Brookside near Two Inlets, Eagle View on Highway 71 north of Park Rapids, Evergreen on CSAH 4 north of Park Rapids, Headwaters Golf Club on CSAH 1 north of Park Rapids, Blueberry Pines on Highway 71 south of Park Rapids, and Fair Havens southeast of Park Rapids. 

    All-Veterans Memorial: located on Highway 71 south, adjacent to the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Dedicated in August 2003, the memorial is devoted to the memory of all veterans of all wars and branches of the service. Visitors will find granite monoliths commemorating past wars and a stone walkway and benches commemorating individual veterans. In 2009, construction began on the All Veterans Memorial Interpretive and Educational Center. The lighted area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Heartland Park: located along Fish Hook River in Park Rapids. Swimming beach, playground, hiking trail, a hacky sack court, tennis courts, softball field, picnic tables and shelters, restrooms, public access to the river and access to the Heartland Trail.

    Deane Park: on Eagle Point Drive, north of Park Rapids, between Fish Hook River and Fish Hook Lake. This three-acre park offers places to relax and picnic and includes a beach on the lake.

    Rice Park: on Grove AvenueSouth near the dam on Fish Hook River. This three-acre park has a picnic shelter and access to the river and the Mill Pond above the dam.

    Lindquist Park: located east of Heritage Living Center between 5th and 6th Streets West. Picnic tables, barbecue grills, drinking fountain, athletic field and playground equipment.

    Red Bridge Park: located across the footbridge west of Heartland Park and behind the Red Bridge Inn on the Fish Hook River.

    Depot Park: on 3rd Street East, across from the former Middle School. Tennis courts, a skateboard park, parking, swings, picnic tables, water fountain, public restrooms, playground equipment and a shelter are available for public use.

Nevis

    City Beach & Park: Highway 34 to Nevis, north on CSAH 2 and west on Beach Road. Playground equipment, picnic tables, swimming beach and restrooms.

    Muskie Park: Highway 34 to Nevis, north three blocks on CSAH 2. Picnic tables, pavilion and playground as well as a Veterans Memorial with a lighted flagpole, flowerbed, honorarium benches and walkway.

    Nevis Skating Rink: County Road 2. Built in 2008, the rink is open to the public during the winter months as long as weather provides.

    Nevis Frolf Course: Nevis is home to a Frisbee golf course in Pearson Park on the west end of Main Street. The public is welcome to play a round.

Akeley

    City Park: Highway 34, Akeley. Picnic tables, shelter, Paul Bunyan Historical Society Museum, Paul Bunyans statue and Pauls Cradle.

    City Beach & Campground: Highway 34 to Akeley, then follow signs. Public access to 11th Crow Wing Lake, shelter, picnic tables, fishing, boat landing and campground.

Lake George

    Community Park: south of Highway 71, on Paine Lake. Swimming beach, baseball field, picnic tables, picnic shelter, playground, toilets and public access.

Farden Township

    Farris Park: 20 acres located in northeastern Hubbard County, in the vicinity of the Farden Township Hall. The park has tennis courts, a basketball court, a softball field, trails, playground, picnic area, shelter, barbecue grills and restrooms. 

    Rice Park: on Grove Avenue South near the dam on Fish Hook River. This three-acre park has a picnic shelter and access to the river and the Mill Pond above the dam. 

    Lindquist Park: located east of Heritage Living Center between 5th and 6th Streets West. Picnic tables, barbecue grills, drinking fountain, athletic field and playground equipment. 

    Red Bridge Park: located across the footbridge west of Heartland Park and behind the RedBridge Inn on the Fish Hook River. 

    Depot Park: on 3rd Street East, across from the former Middle School. Tennis courts, a skateboard park, parking, swings, picnic tables, water fountain, public restrooms, playground equipment and a shelter are available for public use.

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