Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Mankato, Minnesota

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This trail is so nice they named it twice: Sakatah is the Dakota word for “singing hills.” The Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation originally lived in this scenic part of Minnesota, where the Big Woods once met the prairie. A rail line was built through the area in the late 19th century and rendered inactive by Chicago and North Western in the 1970s. In 1980 the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources opened the route, which it had acquired as a rail-trail shortly after it went inactive.
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by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Wilderness Press)

This trail is so nice they named it twice: Sakatah is the Dakota word for “singing hills.” The Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation originally lived in this scenic part of Minnesota, where the Big Woods once met the prairie.

A rail line was built through the area in the late 19th century and rendered inactive by Chicago and North Western in the 1970s. In 1980 the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources opened the route, which it had acquired as a rail-trail shortly after it went inactive.

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Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Mankato
Distance: 39
Trail Type: Out-and-back
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Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/sakatah
Driving Directions: Directions to Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

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