One of Minnesota's newest additions, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is located east of Brainerd, near the towns of Crosby and Ironton. 

Most of Cuyuna’s 5,000 acres are undeveloped, but more than 55 miles of single track trails cut through deep-red soil and aspen forests to make this a world-class mountain biking area. Approximately 87 acres were acquired with the help of the Lottery-funded Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

With over 30 routes to choose from, everyone from beginner to pro can enjoy exciting rides and take in the unmatched scenery. If you’re looking for a great view, head west through the Miner's Mountain Rally Center and check out the Miner's Mountain Overlook and Huntington Mine Lake. If you want a more laid-back ride, Cuyuna also boasts more than 100 miles of paved and gravel trails including the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail that stretches over eight miles from Crosby to Riverton. While you’re on the trails, watch for bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, beavers and other wildlife.

Cuyuna isn’t just for bikers. This area of former mining pits boasts regenerated vegetation and crystal-clear lakes that draw a wide range of recreation enthusiasts including kayakers and scuba divers. Twenty-five miles of natural shoreline can be explored by boat or canoe and anglers can cast a line for trout, northern, bass or sunfish in the park's lakes.

In the area, you’ll discover farm-to-table dining, craft beer and a wide variety of places to spend the weekend from beautiful resorts and B&Bs to camping, hostels and even yurts.

Cuyuna is ranked among the best mountain biking destinations in the US- better plan to stay a while!

We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to partner with Adam Turman to create our Winnesota Summer scratch game and celebrate what is special and unique about summer in Minnesota. Winnesota Summer is part of our MN Artist Collection of scratch games designed exclusively for the Lottery by local artists. His bike image was our inspiration for this post. Get out and explore Cuyuna State Recreational Area sometime this summer.