Phase one of the development of central Minnesota's Dairyland Trail was completed in April 2013, allowing trail users to hike, bike or ride their horse for nearly 7 miles between the small towns of Elrosa and Greenwald. The trail, named in recognition of Stearns County's status as the top dairy producer in Minnesota, occupies an abandoned Soo Line Railroad corridor and will eventually stretch for nearly 30 miles between Albany and Brooten.
The open portion of trail passes through a landscape of cornfields, prairie remnants and—as you might expect—dairy farms. When complete, the trail will link directly with the paved Lake Wobegon Trail in Albany, which itself offers a number of other connections to trails throughout the heart of Minnesota.
Parking for the Dairyland Trail can be found in Greenwald at the trail parking lot across from the Greenwald Pub on W. Railroad Avenue and in Elrosa at the parking lot for the baseball field and trail on 2nd Avenue.