Lake Wobegon Trails

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A marker along the trail in Freeport donated by a local Girl Scout chapter.

The Lake Wobegon Trails are two paved recreational rail trails in central Minnesota, named after the fictional Lake Wobegon in Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion".[1] Each trail is marked with mileposts every 0.5 miles (0.80 km), corresponding with the mile markers of the former railroad lines. Snowmobile use is allowed on the trail in winter, conditions permitting.

Main trail[edit]

The main trail is a 62-mile (100 km) trail along a former Burlington Northern Railroad line, beginning near milepost 81 in St. Joseph and ending near milepost 130 in Osakis.[2] This trail runs parallel to I-94. The trail passes through the cities of Avon, Albany, Freeport, Melrose, Sauk Centre, and West Union. Beyond Osakis, the trail continues as the Central Lakes Trail. These two trails form a continuous trail from St. Joseph to Fergus Falls. The extension trail intersects near milepost 97 of the main trail in Albany.

Extension trail[edit]

The extension trail is a 13-mile (21 km) trail along a former Soo Line Railroad line, beginning near milepost 131 in Albany passing through Albany, Krain and Holding Townships and ending 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of Holdingford at approx. milepost 143.5, passing through Holdingford. This bicycle trail continues beyond milepost 143.5 as the Soo Line Trail, crossing the Mississippi River at the Blanchard Dam, changing from asphalt to gravel at U.S. 10 south of Little Falls, and extending to Onamia.[3] The Soo Line Trail traverses Morrison County and Mille Lacs County.

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  1. ^ "National Recreation Trails". Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Lake Wobegon Trail Map". Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Minnesota Trails". Retrieved 2008-07-16.