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Mountain bike trails open in Cuyuna

The mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crosby opened for the season Monday.

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The area features 25 miles of single-track trails for bikers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. The trails wind through 800 acres of deep-red soil, birch and aspen forests and scenic vistas overlooking turquoise mine lakes.

“Because of the late spring, we’re getting a later start than we would like, but our volunteer work crew has done a fantastic job of getting the trails in shape, and the riders are excited to get out there,” said park manager Steve Weber. “We are entering our fourth season, and ridership is growing each year.”

The Portsmouth Campground is open for primitive camping, but the shower building and drinking water sources will not be available until later in May. The campground has 18 electric and seven non-electric 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 1-866-857-2757.

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 Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. 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, including a map, directions and a video tour of the trails, can be found on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov. Information is also available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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