Fergus Falls, MN Walking Trails and Maps

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Central Lakes State Trail

55 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Heart of the Lakes Trail

27.1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt
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Overview The Central Lakes State Trail runs 55 miles between Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County and Osakis in Douglas County.  About the Route The official northern trailhead has been an...
MN 55 mi Asphalt
Otter Tail County is not only home to the most lakes in Minnesota, but is the county with the most lakes in the whole country. With 1,048 lakes, it is no wonder that the new regional trail constructed...
MN 27.1 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

Heart of the Lakes Trail

made my vacation

July, 2024 by jaykayster

Best trail ever . Clean

Central Lakes State Trail

Nice ride for all

September, 2023 by thekauz

The leaves were turning colors and the weather cool when I rode. Black top trail in good condition. It’s a combination of open areas and rides through tree lined sections. It would be a great ride year round for the property prepared.

Heart of the Lakes Trail

New bike trail! Nicely done

September, 2023 by mcmlrj

There is one section not completed from Highway 108 through Maplewood State Park. It will be really nice when that is completed. Few sections where the terrain is difficult but for the most part very nice trail!

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Central Lakes State Trail

Started in Alexandria and headed west. Lake views and wildlife. Ran into crew repairing path with liquid rubber so had turn around. Well maintained and lots of scenery.

June, 2023 by rebeccaldurham

Started in Alexandria and headed west. Lake views and wildlife. Ran into crew repairing path with liquid rubber so had turn around. Well maintained and lots of scenery.

Central Lakes State Trail

Great trail - but does need some cracks repaired

July, 2022 by janejuntti

We had a great ride from Alexandria to Ashby. The trail was wide and went through beautiful country with lakes and farmland. There were some trail sections with cracks which were bothersome - but long stretches where we did not notice any cracks. Bring plenty of water as we only saw a couple of gas stations along the way (we did not go into towns). We will definitely ride on this trail again.

Central Lakes State Trail

Don’t suggest for road bike

August, 2021 by joglazewski

Washboard surface due to vertical cracks and sealer. Planned to spend several days exploring, aborted .

Central Lakes State Trail

A pleasant ride

August, 2021 by fmpetras_tl

My wife and I rode the trail from Garfield to Ashley on July 28 and Garfield to Osakis on July 29. Cut our rides short because of afternoon temps in the 90's Nice trail, wide, able to ride side by side with comfort. Certainly worth riding.

Central Lakes State Trail

Not hard. Not easy. Construction near Evansville is complete. 56.2 miles from Fergus Falls to Osakis. Trail is in great shape; there's only minor rough areas. Lots of shade.

July, 2020 by bejou101

Not hard. Not easy. Construction near Evansville is complete. 56.2 miles from Fergus Falls to Osakis. Trail is in great shape; there's only minor rough areas. Lots of shade.

Central Lakes State Trail

Gentle and peaceful

March, 2020 by dcarlson_tl

I biked this trail last year, easy, quiet and beautiful ride. I am going back this spring and bike the entire Central Lakes and Lake Wobegon trail over 2 days. Minnesota is blessed to have so many beautiful, safe and well-maintained paved trails. I am from ND and really we have no paved trails.

Central Lakes State Trail

Needs some TLC

August, 2018 by timbee205_tl

As others have noted, this trail has wonderful scenery of lakes, farm fields, hamlets, marsh, etc. and is very wide and flat. Some town trail heads lack a biff and most lack water. Most have shade & picnic tables or benches. Small towns have convenience stores and restaurants. There are some swimming spots along the way e.g. Alexandria. I stayed at a nice campground near Ashby which is right across from the trail.

However, this trail desperately needs some TLC. There are big cracks from side to side which have filled in with weeds growing up; you'll have a "clunkity-bump" every 20-30 feet on many parts of the trail. Somebody needs to spray Round-Up on the weeds, pull them out & then fill the cracks in again with asphalt.

Central Lakes State Trail

Ashby to Dalton

August, 2016 by traillink user

Nice ride from Ashby to Dalton. Open views of rolling prairie, wetlands and farm fields. Head (right) to downtown Dalton and take the paved county road east for 2 miles, then south on a less traveled paved county road with rolling hills past several lakes and wetlands, a beautiful country church on top of a hill with an outstanding view of the countryside and to the trail for the return to Ashby. This is about a 17 mile loop and makes the ride more interesting than out and back on the trail.

Central Lakes State Trail

Alexandria East and West of Big Ole

March, 2016 by welikestabike

On August 21, 2015 my wife, 7 year old daughters and I traveled a couple miles east and a few miles west of Big Ole in Alexandria. The kids did fine as the trail is level and in good shape. On this short trip, the travel west was easier.
Going east involved more side street crossings. The tunnel under the main highway limits the high traffic danger going east and is kind of cool to go through. If we had traveled a little further and I expect we would have been out of town and had the joys of rural riding.
Going west involved crossing a couple busier roads, but was picturesque once we left town. As we rode several large culverts brought us right over the lakes. We did some Geocaching along the way and stopped to just look around.
The scenery was beautiful. In our view, the trail is great. Our round trip distance was about 14 miles (2 east and 5 west X 2).
The trail head in Alexandria had toilets, water and a place to sit down. Parking was good. Also, basically across the street is the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (lots of vintage boats) and the Runestone Museum. We enjoyed both.
We look forward to more Central Lakes trail this summer.

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