Glacial Lakes State Trail

Paynesville, Minnesota

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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 Road Northeast, at the Kandiyohi–Stearns county line. The trail traverses the gently rolling prairies of central Minnesota and travels between a landscape of tallgrass prairie and deciduous forest. Among the farmlands, you can catch glimpses of the original prairie and wetlands, which make ideal habitat for white-tailed deer, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and butterflies.
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by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Wilderness Press)

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 Road Northeast, at the Kandiyohi–Stearns county line.

The trail traverses the gently rolling prairies of central
Minnesota and travels between a landscape of tallgrass prairie and deciduous forest. Among the farmlands, you can catch glimpses of the original prairie and wetlands, which make ideal habitat for white-tailed deer, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and butterflies.

© 2016 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Paynesville
Distance: 30
Trail Type: Out-and-back
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Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/glacial_lakes
Driving Directions: Directions to Glacial Lakes State Trail

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