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Length
Surfaces
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Blazing Star State Trail

6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Hanson Trail

3 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Harry Cook Nature Trail

2 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Hynes Spur Trail

1.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

NIACC Trail

2.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

North Minnesota River Trail

4.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Red Jacket Trail

13 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

River Bend Trail

1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

39 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Shooting Star State Trail

18.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

South Route Trail

8.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Straight River Trail

8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

19.9 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Winnebago Trail

3.7 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between the Lakes,” and the trail begins on the northern shore of one of the...
MN 6 mi Asphalt
The Hanson Trail is a paved, off-road alternative to State Route 9 in Forest City, Iowa. The trail parallels the road for its entire length through fertile farmland. Forest City and the Winnebago...
IA 3 mi Asphalt
The Harry Cook Nature Trail runs for 2 miles from the edge of the small city of Osage, Iowa to the city's public Spring Park. The trail, which opened in the early 1990s, occupies the bed of an...
IA 2 mi Crushed Stone
The Hynes Spur Trail links the heart of Forest City, Iowa, with its municipal airport to the south. The short paved trail passes through Pammel Park and adjacent to the Bear Creek Golf Course, with...
IA 1.8 mi Asphalt
The NIACC Trail in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, connects the campus of North Iowa Area Community College with the edge of downtown Mason City. The trail provides a convenient and safe alternative to...
IA 2.2 mi Asphalt
The paved North Minnesota River Trail hugs its namesake river for much of its journey on the western end of Mankato. Along the way, it offers views of the river, limestone cliffs and the city. From...
MN 4.8 mi Asphalt
Named after a Seneca Indian chief who lived in the area until the 1830s, the Red Jacket Trail runs along an old Milwaukee Road (formerly the Minnesota Railroad and the Central Railroad) right-of-way...
MN 13 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Although short, the River Bend Trail provides access to a recreational gem, the River Bend Nature Center, a 750-acre park with woodlands, prairie, rivers, and ponds. Along the way, the paved trail...
MN 1 mi Asphalt
This trail is so nice they named it twice: Sakatah is the Dakota word for “singing hills.” The Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation originally lived in this scenic part of Minnesota, where the Big...
MN 39 mi Asphalt
Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched...
MN 18.8 mi Asphalt
The South Route Trail begins in Minneopa State Park, known for its beautiful waterfalls and views of the Minnesota River Valley. Heading southeast from the park, following County Road 90, you'll pass...
MN 8.3 mi Asphalt
The Straight River Trail forms a backwards L as it runs north-south through Faribault and then curves west. The paved trail begins at the Cannon River Reservoir, then travels through woodlands in Two...
MN 8 mi Asphalt
The best place to begin the Trolley Trail is in Mason City in Ray Rorick Skate Park, located adjacent to the 81-acre Lester Milligan Park, which has two fishing and swimming ponds, hiking and biking...
IA 7.5 mi Asphalt
The Wapsi–Great Western Line Trail is a 19.9-mile pathway that comprises two separate segments of the former Chicago Great Western Railroad. Along the combined route, the trail passes through a...
IA 19.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Winnebago Trail provides the residents of Mason City with a safe, off-road link to nature, winding 3.7 miles from East Park and through residential areas to the Lime Creek Nature Center as it...
IA 3.7 mi Crushed Stone

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Shooting Star State Trail

MN - 18.8 miles

Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched...

Hanson Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Hanson Trail is a paved, off-road alternative to State Route 9 in Forest City, Iowa. The trail parallels the road for its entire length through fertile farmland. Forest City and the Winnebago...

NIACC Trail

IA - 2.2 miles

The NIACC Trail in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, connects the campus of North Iowa Area Community College with the edge of downtown Mason City. The trail provides a convenient and safe alternative to...

Trolley Trail (Clear Lake/Mason City)

IA - 7.5 miles

The best place to begin the Trolley Trail is in Mason City in Ray Rorick Skate Park, located adjacent to the 81-acre Lester Milligan Park, which has two fishing and swimming ponds, hiking and biking...

Accordion

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

MN - 39 miles

This trail is so nice they named it twice: Sakatah is the Dakota word for “singing hills.” The Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation originally lived in this scenic part of Minnesota, where the Big...

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

IA - 19.9 miles

The Wapsi–Great Western Line Trail is a 19.9-mile pathway that comprises two separate segments of the former Chicago Great Western Railroad. Along the combined route, the trail passes through a...

South Route Trail

MN - 8.3 miles

The South Route Trail begins in Minneopa State Park, known for its beautiful waterfalls and views of the Minnesota River Valley. Heading southeast from the park, following County Road 90, you'll pass...

Red Jacket Trail

MN - 13 miles

Named after a Seneca Indian chief who lived in the area until the 1830s, the Red Jacket Trail runs along an old Milwaukee Road (formerly the Minnesota Railroad and the Central Railroad) right-of-way...

Straight River Trail

MN - 8 miles

The Straight River Trail forms a backwards L as it runs north-south through Faribault and then curves west. The paved trail begins at the Cannon River Reservoir, then travels through woodlands in Two...

Winnebago Trail

IA - 3.7 miles

The Winnebago Trail provides the residents of Mason City with a safe, off-road link to nature, winding 3.7 miles from East Park and through residential areas to the Lime Creek Nature Center as it...

River Bend Trail

MN - 1 miles

Although short, the River Bend Trail provides access to a recreational gem, the River Bend Nature Center, a 750-acre park with woodlands, prairie, rivers, and ponds. Along the way, the paved trail...

Hynes Spur Trail

IA - 1.8 miles

The Hynes Spur Trail links the heart of Forest City, Iowa, with its municipal airport to the south. The short paved trail passes through Pammel Park and adjacent to the Bear Creek Golf Course, with...

Harry Cook Nature Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Harry Cook Nature Trail runs for 2 miles from the edge of the small city of Osage, Iowa to the city's public Spring Park. The trail, which opened in the early 1990s, occupies the bed of an...

North Minnesota River Trail

MN - 4.8 miles

The paved North Minnesota River Trail hugs its namesake river for much of its journey on the western end of Mankato. Along the way, it offers views of the river, limestone cliffs and the city. From...

Blazing Star State Trail

MN - 6 miles

The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between the Lakes,” and the trail begins on the northern shore of one of the...

Shooting Star State Trail

MN - 18.8 miles

Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched...

Harry Cook Nature Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Harry Cook Nature Trail runs for 2 miles from the edge of the small city of Osage, Iowa to the city's public Spring Park. The trail, which opened in the early 1990s, occupies the bed of an...

Trolley Trail (Clear Lake/Mason City)

IA - 7.5 miles

The best place to begin the Trolley Trail is in Mason City in Ray Rorick Skate Park, located adjacent to the 81-acre Lester Milligan Park, which has two fishing and swimming ponds, hiking and biking...

North Minnesota River Trail

MN - 4.8 miles

The paved North Minnesota River Trail hugs its namesake river for much of its journey on the western end of Mankato. Along the way, it offers views of the river, limestone cliffs and the city. From...

Accordion

NIACC Trail

IA - 2.2 miles

The NIACC Trail in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, connects the campus of North Iowa Area Community College with the edge of downtown Mason City. The trail provides a convenient and safe alternative to...

Winnebago Trail

IA - 3.7 miles

The Winnebago Trail provides the residents of Mason City with a safe, off-road link to nature, winding 3.7 miles from East Park and through residential areas to the Lime Creek Nature Center as it...

South Route Trail

MN - 8.3 miles

The South Route Trail begins in Minneopa State Park, known for its beautiful waterfalls and views of the Minnesota River Valley. Heading southeast from the park, following County Road 90, you'll pass...

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

IA - 19.9 miles

The Wapsi–Great Western Line Trail is a 19.9-mile pathway that comprises two separate segments of the former Chicago Great Western Railroad. Along the combined route, the trail passes through a...

Hynes Spur Trail

IA - 1.8 miles

The Hynes Spur Trail links the heart of Forest City, Iowa, with its municipal airport to the south. The short paved trail passes through Pammel Park and adjacent to the Bear Creek Golf Course, with...

Blazing Star State Trail

MN - 6 miles

The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between the Lakes,” and the trail begins on the northern shore of one of the...

Hanson Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Hanson Trail is a paved, off-road alternative to State Route 9 in Forest City, Iowa. The trail parallels the road for its entire length through fertile farmland. Forest City and the Winnebago...

Red Jacket Trail

MN - 13 miles

Named after a Seneca Indian chief who lived in the area until the 1830s, the Red Jacket Trail runs along an old Milwaukee Road (formerly the Minnesota Railroad and the Central Railroad) right-of-way...

Straight River Trail

MN - 8 miles

The Straight River Trail forms a backwards L as it runs north-south through Faribault and then curves west. The paved trail begins at the Cannon River Reservoir, then travels through woodlands in Two...

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

MN - 39 miles

This trail is so nice they named it twice: Sakatah is the Dakota word for “singing hills.” The Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation originally lived in this scenic part of Minnesota, where the Big...

River Bend Trail

MN - 1 miles

Although short, the River Bend Trail provides access to a recreational gem, the River Bend Nature Center, a 750-acre park with woodlands, prairie, rivers, and ponds. Along the way, the paved trail...

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

MN - 39 miles

This trail is so nice they named it twice: Sakatah is the Dakota word for “singing hills.” The Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation originally lived in this scenic part of Minnesota, where the Big...

Harry Cook Nature Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Harry Cook Nature Trail runs for 2 miles from the edge of the small city of Osage, Iowa to the city's public Spring Park. The trail, which opened in the early 1990s, occupies the bed of an...

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

IA - 19.9 miles

The Wapsi–Great Western Line Trail is a 19.9-mile pathway that comprises two separate segments of the former Chicago Great Western Railroad. Along the combined route, the trail passes through a...

Blazing Star State Trail

MN - 6 miles

The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between the Lakes,” and the trail begins on the northern shore of one of the...

Accordion

Straight River Trail

MN - 8 miles

The Straight River Trail forms a backwards L as it runs north-south through Faribault and then curves west. The paved trail begins at the Cannon River Reservoir, then travels through woodlands in Two...

Hynes Spur Trail

IA - 1.8 miles

The Hynes Spur Trail links the heart of Forest City, Iowa, with its municipal airport to the south. The short paved trail passes through Pammel Park and adjacent to the Bear Creek Golf Course, with...

North Minnesota River Trail

MN - 4.8 miles

The paved North Minnesota River Trail hugs its namesake river for much of its journey on the western end of Mankato. Along the way, it offers views of the river, limestone cliffs and the city. From...

Trolley Trail (Clear Lake/Mason City)

IA - 7.5 miles

The best place to begin the Trolley Trail is in Mason City in Ray Rorick Skate Park, located adjacent to the 81-acre Lester Milligan Park, which has two fishing and swimming ponds, hiking and biking...

NIACC Trail

IA - 2.2 miles

The NIACC Trail in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, connects the campus of North Iowa Area Community College with the edge of downtown Mason City. The trail provides a convenient and safe alternative to...

Hanson Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Hanson Trail is a paved, off-road alternative to State Route 9 in Forest City, Iowa. The trail parallels the road for its entire length through fertile farmland. Forest City and the Winnebago...

South Route Trail

MN - 8.3 miles

The South Route Trail begins in Minneopa State Park, known for its beautiful waterfalls and views of the Minnesota River Valley. Heading southeast from the park, following County Road 90, you'll pass...

Shooting Star State Trail

MN - 18.8 miles

Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched...

Red Jacket Trail

MN - 13 miles

Named after a Seneca Indian chief who lived in the area until the 1830s, the Red Jacket Trail runs along an old Milwaukee Road (formerly the Minnesota Railroad and the Central Railroad) right-of-way...

Winnebago Trail

IA - 3.7 miles

The Winnebago Trail provides the residents of Mason City with a safe, off-road link to nature, winding 3.7 miles from East Park and through residential areas to the Lime Creek Nature Center as it...

River Bend Trail

MN - 1 miles

Although short, the River Bend Trail provides access to a recreational gem, the River Bend Nature Center, a 750-acre park with woodlands, prairie, rivers, and ponds. Along the way, the paved trail...

Recent Trail Reviews

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Great Trail!

May, 2017 by feritozsoy

This trail was our first trail on the way of wisconsin dells from Mankato. We totally passed 6 trails. I would put this trail on 2nd rank after Cannon Valley. I would put this trail on the first rank if the surface was same from Madison Lake to Waterville. The surface between 2 towns need to be repaired. Too much cracks on the trail. But the rest of them is amazing. Plus you can make decent speed on this trail. There is no steep at all.

North Minnesota River Trail

Its a trail.

September, 2016 by johntwerp

The trail is very smooth. It gets a little tight when you get by the river with a large wall on one side and a rocky drop to the river on the other. If there was a lot of people using the trail, it would be kind of sketchy but it was pretty quiet when I went through. It rides right down riverfront drive and 169 basically so its by no means a nature trail but that's to be expected of an in town trail. Eventually it winds by the police shooting range and then leads out of town.

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Overall day cent ride. but...

September, 2016 by johntwerp

I rode this trail for the first time today from Faribault to Mankato. The surface of the trail was great until Waterville. Then things got kind of ugly. I was on my 29" mountain bike with the front suspension locked out and it was pretty rough for 10 miles or so West of Waterville. I have to imagine it would be pretty bad on a road bike. Trail conditions aside, it is a flat ride with some okay scenery. Nothing too exciting but for southern MN it's not bad. I'll do it again at some point.

Accordion

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Beautiful bike ride on 2/3's of the trail

August, 2016 by spcherylbrown

We drove down from the Twin Cities twice to ride this trail: Faribault to Waterville RT, then Mankato to Madison Lake RT. We will do the middle section when we learn it has been renovated.

What beautiful country! The terrain was terrific: paved surface in good condition, occasional gentle inclines. Birds were singing everywhere and we were enchanted by the contrasts: riding under a beautiful canopy of trees, hearing rushing water below, and then seeing late summer flowers and crops in the countryside. We spotted a flock of white pelicans, egrets and other waterfowl along the way, also a deer. And a calico cat and a turkey farm.

We wasted an hour trying to find the Faribault trailhead with the directions we had printed out and the brown signs that were posted. People we asked directed us to the Dairy Queen, which provided very easy trail access next to Highway 60 but not the full trail. Next time we will use interactive GPS and start at the trailhead.

Near Mankato, please post signs where the railroad bisects the trail for those exploring without GPS. We stayed on the paved trail which led us under the overpass and up to 589th Ave: at this point, we didn't know whether to turn right (correct) or left (wrong.) We backtracked to see if we had missed a sign and met locals who rode back up the overpass to point out the turn. It was not apparent to any of us that the trail crosses the tracks as indicated on your map. If it does, please add signage. A sign is also needed at 589th pointing to the right after the trail comes up from under the train bridge. Things that may be obvious to people who know the area are not obvious to newcomers.

We had a great lunch at the Trailside Cafe in Madison Lake, right on the trail. Coming from the East, the trail suddenly ends near Waterville and we had to hunt around for water and facilities. The ice cream shop nearby was closed, but fortunately had a drink machine.

We look forward to returning to ride the entire trail.

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

Area secret - nice trail

July, 2016 by jlvcats

Trail was more interesting than I was expecting. Seems like it's location probably keeps it a bit of a secret. I would definitely ride it again. Some more details below:
It had changing scenery including rural (fields doing well in July, Amish family farming, horses with foals), wooded areas (some tunnel-like with trees), deer crossed the path, many birds and other wildlife, long boardwalk/deck trail through wetland, all with mostly level grade with some curves and short hills for some variety. Several miles were actually concrete instead of asphalt (I've never encountered that on a public trail before).
Had the trail mostly to ourselves on a holiday. It is in great condition except for just a few minor spots that were marked.
Only "neutral" comments are that we started in Riceville at the trailhead, but the parking lot only contained 1 non-HC spot. However the street was bare so we simply parked on it. Don't know if it ever gets so busy where that would be a problem.
Signage is better than many trails, but couple times needed to look around a bit more to find which direction the trail continued (when crossing some gravel roads), had to shortly go onto some rural (low travel) roads for a bit, and then there is the one short section that requires riding on a country gravel road to "portage" to the trail. This gap was somewhere around 11 miles north of Riceville, so you could skip that and get a nice 22 mile round trip in witout it.

Shooting Star State Trail

Pleasant ride, couple of bumps

July, 2016 by krbailleucpa

This is a pleasant enough trail. Most of it runs along beside a highway, but in many places there are trees and bushes shielding you from the road. The trail is asphalt, but there are several places where there are big bumps, as if the asphalt was put down in sections, with small breaks between each section. Many of the bumps have been marked with red paint, but the paint has faded and the bumps are still difficult to steer around.
The eastern end, approaching Le Roy, moves away from the highway and winds around a state park. It's quite pretty and very secluded and shady.

Red Jacket Trail

Great trail for all ages - very scenic - not a long trail

June, 2016 by tdbirch

I had the pleasure to ride this trail on 6-7-2016 and I was not disappointed. Starting off in Mankato introduces you to a private and mostly wooded nicely paved trail as you travel through the neighborhood. There are several side street crossings before becoming more wooded outside of town. There are several dirt footpath or side trails along in certain sections. The views at the trestle crossings are beautiful! The trail seemed to be a slight grade uphill going South but once you turn around there are sections you can simply glide through! There were walkers, riders, and family enjoying the trail so it can get a little crowded during peak times. Being about 6.8 miles in length it is not a long trail, but spend extra time enjoying the views it offers or extend your ride on the North Minnesota River Trail. The Red Jacket Trail ends at a farm road and extends along the road but I turned around where most of who I saw turned around - when it exits the forested area at the end. 4 stars for length but 5 stars for everything else the trail offers!

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Trail restoration progressing

May, 2016 by bobcatcox

We just cycled from Mankato with our road bikes. Absolutely gorgeous trail. Easy inclines. There's a sign at Eagle Lake warning of rough trail through you Waterville, but we found a brand new surface from Eagle Lake Madison Lake. From Madison Lake to Waterville is very, very rough, but then it's great to Faribault. It looks like they're going to keep going with the trail restoration.I can recommend The Trailhead bar right on the trail in Madison Lake for breakfast.

Trolley Trail (Clear Lake/Mason City)

Mason City to Clear Lake

October, 2015 by tammy.crookshank

Took the trail from Newman High School to Clear Lake and back. The trail condition is good. The trail runs along a busy highway. It is relatively flat and an easy ride. The trail does continue around the lake but much of it is on the road around Clear Lake that is marked ""shared road" but does not have a dedicated bike lane. Lots of bike friendly signs but no safety markings on the road. Lake view is often blocked by houses. Streets are busy.

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Great, then not great, then great again

September, 2015 by ckovacic

This review is based on the trail conditions--the stuff under my wheels--of September 20, 2015. When the trail restoration is complete, it will easily rate a five star review. Faribault to Waterville = 5 stars. Waterville to Eagle Lake = 2-3 stars. Eagle Lake to Mankato = 5 stars. Scenery the entire way = 5 stars.

I travelled the trail from Faribault, at the trailhead there, to Mankato and back. Leaving Faribault, the trail quickly became smooth and was in great repair. When we hit Waterville, it was 15 miles of pretty much uninterrupted cracks, bumps, patches, and generally not the best trail surface. We were on road bikes. Perhaps mountain bikes or fat bikes would like the middle section. Not so pleasant because it went on for so long. Then we came to Eagle Lake, and the trail was good again. And the trail into Mankato is lovely.. Bluffy, woodsy and a slight 1% or so descent. Enough to relax and get some speed but not too bad for the return climb.

However, it is clear that this trail is going to get some attention soon, and I will definitely return and do the Faribault to Mankato and back trip again. Between Faribault and Mankato there are ample gas stations to water up, and the scenery is lovely. Lakes, fields, woods, prairies, turkey barns, it has it all.

Despite it being a beautiful Sunday afternoon, there were not very many people using the trail. Maybe the fact that it was the Vikings opener had something to do with that. Still, surprisingly empty.

As a rail trail, the grade is pretty darn flat. I think I had around 1200 feet of climbing over 80 miles. I'm glad to have found this trail. I think that before it is replaced, I will do Faribault to Waterville and back. That's a nice, smooth 30 miles or so..

Enjoy!

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Labor Day 2015

September, 2015 by owenetti

The Sakata Asphalt trail starting in Waterville to Warsaw and back was a very smooth ride. (17 miles round trip) No steep inclines with a nice variety of shade and sun along this trail. Great for all levels. In the past have started in Elysian and gone to Faribault, but the trail is reported to still be rough between Elysian and Waterville. From Warsaw to Faribault the trail was fine last year, but not as scenic. We had to wait out the rain so opted for the best part of this bike trail. Nice bathrooms along the trail at Sakata state park. Our rides revolve around food and Tuckers bar and grill in Elysian has great burgers and bloody's for a post ride stop.
**rode from Elysian to Mankato last year and although scenic the asphalt is not in good shape.
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Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Sakatah needs work

September, 2015 by dickebike

We went from Cannon Lake to Waterville on Fri. nice & smooth, great ride! Sat. From Elysian to Madison Lake, I'm still rattling!

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