Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Sakatah Lake State Park, Minnesota 56096

Distance19.4mi
Elevation Gain575ft
Trailhead Elevation1,017ft
Top1,075ft
Elevation Min/Max993/1075ft
Elevation Start/End1017/1017ft

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Blue Earth County, Le Sueur County, and Rice County, Minnesota. It is within Seha WMA and Sakatah Lake State Park. It is 19.4 miles long and begins at 1,017 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 33.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 575 feet. The Trail Parking is near the trailhead. Trail Parking and another parking can be seen along the trail. There are also a wetland, restrooms, and drinking water along the trail.

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"There are two trail systems to consider at Sakatah Lake State Park: the trails within the park and the 39-mile Singing Hills State Trail corridor that’s part of the state’s system of converted railroad-bed trails.

This particular corridor links the towns of Mankato and Faribault. Hoping to capture the flavor of each, I’ve incorporated a hike that forms an irregular loop encompassing both."

"The scenery of this area of rolling prairie comes to us again courtesy of glaciers. Glacial activity shaped this region some 14,000 years ago by leaving behind piles of rock debris called moraines. As the glacier retreated, huge blocks of ice broke off and formed depressions; these became the lakes that now dot the landscape.

As you look at the lakes, try to imagine the size of the ice chunks that dimpled the surface enough to make a permanent body of water. Lake Sakatah is a wide spot in the Cannon River, which is one of the major rivers in southeastern Minnesota. If you've cycled the Cannon Valley Trail, you've seen where this river cuts through the steep forested hills of the Big Woods area near the Mississippi. Here the Cannon meanders aimlessly through small rolling hills as it drops slowly but ever steadily toward the great river."

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Trail Information

Sakatah Lake State Park
Nearby City
Seha WMA
Parks