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Glacial Lakes State Trail

29 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Minnesota River State Trail

12.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Willmar and about 1 mile west of Paynesville at Roseville ...
MN 29 mi Asphalt
When complete, the Minnesota River State Trail will stretch from Big Stone Lake State Park north of Ortonville to Le Sueur, a distance of more than 175 miles. Currently, three disconnected segments of ...
MN 12.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt

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Glacial Lakes State Trail

MN - 29 miles

The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Willmar and about 1 mile west of Paynesville at Roseville ...

Minnesota River State Trail

MN - 12.3 miles

When complete, the Minnesota River State Trail will stretch from Big Stone Lake State Park north of Ortonville to Le Sueur, a distance of more than 175 miles. Currently, three disconnected segments of ...

Glacial Lakes State Trail

MN - 29 miles

The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Willmar and about 1 mile west of Paynesville at Roseville ...

Minnesota River State Trail

MN - 12.3 miles

When complete, the Minnesota River State Trail will stretch from Big Stone Lake State Park north of Ortonville to Le Sueur, a distance of more than 175 miles. Currently, three disconnected segments of ...

Glacial Lakes State Trail

MN - 29 miles

The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Willmar and about 1 mile west of Paynesville at Roseville ...

Minnesota River State Trail

MN - 12.3 miles

When complete, the Minnesota River State Trail will stretch from Big Stone Lake State Park north of Ortonville to Le Sueur, a distance of more than 175 miles. Currently, three disconnected segments of ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Glacial Lakes State Trail

Between Willmar and Spicer

March, 2016 by welikestabike

On March 12, 2016 my wife, our 8 year old daughters and I rode bike from Willmar to Spicer. Smooth 6 mile ride. We crossed a few gravel roads, but traffic was not a concern. The Highway 23 underpass eliminates the worry of crossing a busy highway. We stopped at Subway, a few feet off the trail, in Spicer. After lunch we turned around and traveled back to Willmar. Our daughters handled the ride very well. They did last year at 7 also. They have good bikes from Rick's Cycling in Willmar, not discount store, bikes.
Overall great little trip, get out and ride, they grow up fast.

Glacial Lakes State Trail

The leg from Paynesville to New London

August, 2015 by cindycbailey

We have been on a mission to bike all the state managed bike trails in MN. This trail was somewhat disappointing compared to many others. After reading some of the other reviews I would agree that it does not have many of the amenities we have come to expect like benches/ porta potties at rest stops. We biked only the portion from Paynesville to New London since it was the closest point for us. We could not even find a decent start point in Paynesville. We parked next to the cemetery on a pulloff spot because there was no parking at all at the 'trailhead' indicated on the map. I suppose there may have been other spots including the high school that a person could choose but not knowing the area we had no idea. I would describe the trail to New London as:
A very nice, smooth surface
Pretty but next to a busy road quite a bit
Mostly uphill
Not much tree cover
Appreciated the trailhead in Hawick with parking and potty (we should have started here)
Found the trailhead at the end in New London to be lacking. They seem to be working on it still but it was very exposed. We went past it into town and the 'rest stop' indicated was a convenience store with a picnic table behind it next to the dumpster.

In summary I would say that it is not one we will go back to however, I can see by other reviews that the Spicer end near Green Lake might have been more enjoyable.

Glacial Lakes State Trail

Add to Your Ride

May, 2015 by denlintrail11

The highlight of the Glacial Lakes Trail is the ride around Green Lake. The path is wide and separated most of the way around the 12 miles. Pick a quiet time of the year and also enjoy the Spicer eateries. We used to live on the North Shore.

Accordion

Glacial Lakes State Trail

NE Destination

July, 2009 by tim.bee

Finally the NE section beyond Hawick doesn't dead-end. There is a 2 mile spur into Paynesville on very nice smooth asphalt. Once there you'll find many stores & eateries. It appears the city has some additional "in-town" trails, also. This is a great addition to this otherwise amenity lean jaunt.

As I noted before, the Willmar end (largest city) has nothing, not even a bench. There don't appear to be any spurs into the city either. I did find water & a porta potty in the ballfield half mile away, though. Why doesn't Willmar get with it??

Glacial Lakes State Trail

Smooth but noisy

October, 2008 by dreamshark

We rode from Spicer to a little past New London on September 23, 2008. It's an easy, comfortable ride. The trail surface is flawless smooth asphalt, and the terrain is mostly flat. Late September turned out to be the perfect time to ride for fall colors: lots of brilliant red sumac contrasting with meadow grass, fall wild flowers, and the pale yellow of little popples and birches just starting to turn. Most of this segment is in full sun, although there are some well-shaded areas near the lake on the north side of Spicer.

The main drawback is that the trail runs close to a busy highway for almost the entire way. Sometimes the trail is just 30 feet from the road with no tree cover at all. Other times there is a narrow band of second-growth forest, an embankment or even a small lake to provide some shield for highway noise. But you're never far enough from the road so that you can't hear it.

All in all, this was an easy and pleasant trail except for the road noise, especially recommended for early fall riding when the sumac is peaking.

Glacial Lakes State Trail

Some parts are nice

October, 2008 by tcbretl

We rode this trail from Willmar to New London on our tandem. The section from Willmar to Spicer was nice, quiet, and scenic; but the section from Spicer to New London was too close to a busy highway. We also tried to follow an "other trail" (marked on our MN Dept of Natural Resources map) connecting New London to Sibley State Park , but it turned out to be nothing more than a 3 foot shoulder on the road. Sibley State Park, however, was worth the visit.

Glacial Lakes State Trail

Be Prepared

July, 2008 by tim.bee

There are few amenities along this mostly smooth paved trail. I found only 1 porta potty near Willmar which is the older, bumpier section. There were no drinking fountains to be found. Spicer has the only adjacent convenience store or restaurant. The scenery near Green Lake is nice. The northeastern section near Hawick is smoother but somewhat boring. Hopefully, they will upgrade with more amenities & signage. We rode this trail in mid June 2008.

Glacial Lakes State Trail

Very nice trail

October, 2005 by

"We rode from Willmer to Spicer and back (about 15 miles round trip) and enjoyed it very much. The Willmer trailhead is easy to find. The trail has shade and pleasant scenery.
We rode this trail September 8th, 2005"

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