Anyone looking for summer adventure may want to explore the mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area during one of the three I Can Mountain Bike! programs on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from noon to 2:30 p.m., or from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
During the first half of the program, participants will practice shifting, braking and body position in a wide open setting. During the second half, they’ll take a guided ride and explore the single-track mountain-bike trails.
Use of bikes and helmets will be included with the registration fee ($15/child and $25/adult). A Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit ($7/day or $35/year-round) is also required to enter the park.
Children should be at least 10 years old to participate and should be able to comfortably ride a bike on pavement prior to attending this program. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone at mndnr.gov/reservations (24 hours a day).
Call 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, excluding holidays.
I Can Mountain Bike! is part of a series of skill-building programs offered by the DNR’s Division of Parks and Trails. Other programs in the series introduce camping, fishing, paddling and archery.
The I Can! programs are made possible with support from 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 three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, near Brainerd, features 25 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. It also has an eight-mile paved trail.
SOURCE: Minnesota DNR