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The South Route Trail begins west of Mankato 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 through open areas with some hilly terrain. Shortly after crossing the Blue Earth River, the trail connects to the Red Jacket Trail, a 13-mile rail-trail that heads into Mankato. After this connection, the trail flattens out and continues its journey to Minnesota Highway 22.
Parking can be found within Minneopa State Park (54497 Gadwall Road) on the western end of the trail.
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