Great Northern Trail

Elk River, Minnesota

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The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route across the city of Elk River on the fringe of the northwestern outskirts of Minneapolis. For nearly 5 miles, the rail-trail winds through the community along a former railroad bed operated by the Great Northern Railroad 1886–1976. Currently, the trail is paved from County Road 1 in the northern section of Elk River to the city limits. A grass-surfaced section continues on to the Zimmerman city line.
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by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Wilderness Press)

The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route across the city of Elk River on the fringe of the northwestern outskirts of Minneapolis.

For nearly 5 miles, the rail-trail winds through the community along a former railroad bed operated by the Great Northern Railroad 1886–1976. Currently, the trail is paved from County Road 1 in the northern section of Elk River to the city limits. A grass-surfaced section continues on to the Zimmerman city line.

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Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Elk River
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
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Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: elkrivermn.gov/facilities/facility/details/great-northern-trail-14
Driving Directions: Directions to Great Northern Trail

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