The communities of Brainerd and Baxter are the gateway to the Brainerd Lakes Area. In Brainerd and Baxter you will find many great shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities as well as excellent healthcare facilities, schools and community organizations. Brainerd and Baxter are also the home of the Northland Arboretum located at the trailhead of the Paul Bunyan State Trail. This trail runs from Baxter to Bemidji and is approximately 75 miles. The trail offers opportunities to hike, bike, walk or ski through the more than 500 acres of the Northland Arboretum. Lakes in the area include White Sand and Red Sand in Baxter and North Long Lake, north of Brainerd, and South Long Lake, south of Brainerd.