Minnesota Wonders

Akeley’s Paul Bunyan

As I reflect upon my travels across Minnesota, I like to think about all the areas that I look forward to visiting again. Located a few miles apart from each other, the small towns of Akeley, Walker, and Hackensack combine to provide amazing opportunities to view several roadside sculptures and to enjoy the outdoors. I’ll start with the smallest town, the city of Akeley, which is home to one of the most photographed sculptures in the state of Minnesota.

Akeley’s Paul Bunyan

In 1984, local artist Dean Krotzer and his family built “The World’s Largest Paul Bunyan.” Made out of fiberglass, Paul measures 33 feet tall. Crawl up onto his hand for a photograph that you will never forget! Next to Paul, you’ll find his baby cradle. For more than 65 years, the city of Akeley has held “Paul Bunyan Days” to celebrate the birth of his legend and to attract tourists to the area. The sculpture is located just off Highway 34.

Paul Bunyan in Akeley, Minnesota.

Paul Bunyan in Akeley, Minnesota.

Outdoor Fun

Akeley is set up perfectly for a family camping vacation. Bring your bikes and explore the Heartland State Trail, which is located just north of the sculpture. Just northeast of Akeley, the trail connects to the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Together they provide approximately 170 miles of bike trails to explore. The Round River ATV trail also runs past Paul. A short drive north of the sculpture, you’ll find Akeley City Park. Bring your camper or tent and stay at its beautiful campground, which includes lakeshore campsites. The playground features a tube slide and a climbing mountain.

Akeley_outdoorMuseums and Historic Places

Next to Paul you will find the Akeley Paul Bunyan Museum, which features pictures and artifacts of local history. Akeley was once home to the largest sawmill in the state!

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Upcoming Events

Paul Bunyan Days– Lots of kid’s activities, car show, bingo, grand parade, music, craft and food vendors. Held in June.
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