Meander along the Crow River on the Luce Line State Trail in Hutchinson, passing between lakes and through city parks along the way. Around the midway point of this 6-mile stretch of trail, take a detour down the charming Main Street for a sweet treat at Elena's Bakery or locally sourced lunch at Zella's.

Luce Line Trail | Lee Paumen


Stretching from Fergus Falls to Osakis, the 55-mile Central Lakes Trail is a mostly flat, paved rail-trail with minimal road crossings and charming towns to explore every 7 miles or so. Alexandria's Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Runestone Museum are just a block off the trail, and in Osakis, it connects with the Lake Wobegon Trail for another 62 paved miles. For a loop, check out the 12-mile Glendalough Trail, which runs from downtown Battle Lake along the lake shore and through Glendalough State Park.


The walking/biking path at Perham's Arvig Park makes a full, over-3-mile loop around the park and adjacent gold course. Plan your visit in August to coincide with the annual Pioneer Fest, or head downtown for the weekly turtle races in summer or Turtle Fest in June. There's also a brewery open year-round.


The Mississippi River creates a beautiful backdrop for walking and running in the Granite City. Downtown, the half-mile River Walk on the west bank hooks up with the Beaver Island Trail for a 3-mile jaunt. Cross over to the other side at University Drive and loop back up past the beautiful Munsinger and Clemens Gardens. West of downtown, several miles of trails wind through Quarry Park & Nature Preserve, past 20 quarries and over a floating boardwalk.

Downtown St. Cloud River Walk on the Mississippi Riverl | Explore Minnesota

Munsinger Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud | Explore Minnesota                                                                         Quarry Park in St. Cloud | Explore Minnesota


Start at the trailhead on the north end of Willmar and head north through the rolling hills of this lakes area on the Glacial Lakes State Trail. It's just over 10K to the south end of Green Lake in Spicer, where ice cold beverages await at the popular lakefront restaurant, Zorbaz. From there, it's another 5 miles to the charming town of New London, where you can catch a water ski show by the Little Crow Ski Team on most Friday nights in the summer.

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