Douglas State Trail

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The Douglas State Trail occupies the railbed of the former Chicago Great Western Railway corridor between the cities of Rochester and Pine Island. Along the way, trail users are treated to a diverse landscape of verdant agricultural land, rolling fields and forest. Not far from Rochester, the trail passes through its namesake town of Douglas.

The trail is paved over its entire route, but there is also a parallel natural surface treadway for horseback riders and snowmobilers. In Rochester, connect directly with the Douglas-Cascade Trail to continue farther into Rochester.

Parking and Trail Access

Three trailheads along the route provide parking and restrooms:

  • North end: Pine Island City Park (off Center Drive/County Highway 62) in Pine Island; this trailhead also offers a Borrow-A-Bike program for those that would like to ride the trail but don't have a bike.

  • Mid-way: along County Road 14 in Douglas

  • South end: along Valleyhigh Drive NW in Rochester


Reviews

Nice Trail

   August, 2013 by gim820

Trail remains as previously described. Beautiful tree canopies, especially just north of Rochester. Beautiful bicycle overpass looks to be ready to open anytime on the northwest side. read more

Short but neat.

   June, 2011 by TimBee

The Douglas Trail passes through verdant farm country north of Rochester. The trail is smooth & flat yet the scenery is varied with some open sunny stretches, as well as deeply shaded sections. The meandering Zumbro River runs nearby. On the Rochester ...read more

Very smooth, thumbs up!

   July, 2008 by TimBee

I wasn't expecting such a nice smooth ride virtually all the way from Pine Island to Rochester, what a treat even though we peddled in the rain from Douglas to Pine Island. If you hate hills this is your ride, the elevation couldn't have varied more than ...read more