Douglas State Trail

Pine Island, Minnesota

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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. Several of the concrete obelisk railroad mile markers are still visible along parts of the route. Along the trail, users are treated to a diverse, bucolic 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.
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by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Wilderness Press)

The Douglas State Trail occupies the railbed of the former Chicago Great Western Railway corridor between the cities of Rochester and Pine Island. Several of the concrete obelisk railroad mile markers are still visible along parts of the route.

Along the trail, users are treated to a diverse, bucolic 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.

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Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Pine Island
Distance: 12.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
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Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/douglas
Driving Directions: Directions to Douglas State Trail

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