Mountain bike trails expanding at Cuyuna Country SRA

October 19, 2020

An expansion project is underway at Cuynua Country State Recreation Area near Ironton that will provide mountain biking enthusiasts with 10 miles of new trails to ride on this spring.

Construction recently began in the northern portion of the popular Mahnomen Unit to expand the single-track mountain bike trail system. 

The project features include four gravity flow trails connected by a backcountry trail intended to provide riders with a sense of remoteness and adventure. The new trails will range from beginner to intermediate difficulty. 

“The expansion of the trail system is a result of the broad support from the business and riding community, the Cuyuna SRA Citizens Advisory Council, and the hard work of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew which helps maintain the trail system,” said Jonah Moline, Cuyuna Country SRA supervisor.

Construction is taking place in an undeveloped area and should not require closure of existing trails. Visitors may see and hear construction equipment in the area and are asked to avoid constructions areas.

Funding for the $970,000 project came from a 2017 state bond appropriation for the SRA.

When completed, the Cuyuna Country SRA will offer more than 40 miles of mountain bike trails in addition to the 8-mile paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail.

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