Goodhue Pioneer State Trail

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Goodhue Pioneer State Trail
Length10 mi (16 km)
LocationSoutheast Minnesota, USA
DesignationMinnesota state trail
TrailheadsRed Wing
Hay Creek Township
UseBiking, hiking, in-line skating, cross-country skiing
Hiking details
SightsRichard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest: Hay Creek Unit, North Fork Zumbro River, Zumbrota Covered Bridge
HazardsSevere weather
SurfacePartial asphalt, partial dirt
WebsiteGoodhue Pioneer State Trail

The Goodhue Pioneer State Trail is a multi-use recreational rail trail in southeastern Minnesota, USA. The 10 miles (16 km) of trail currently exist in two segments, separated by a 6-mile (9.7 km) gap. The 4-mile (6.4 km) northern segment is a paved trail running from Red Wing, Minnesota, to the Hay Creek section[1] of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest near Hay Creek Township. The 5.5-mile (8.9 km) southern section is a natural-surface trail running northward from the Zumbrota Covered Bridge Park in Zumbrota, Minnesota. The trail corridor follows an abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway segment that was originally built by the Duluth, Red Wing, & Southern Railroad in 1888, and abandoned in 1964 following a derailment.[2][3]

The trail connects to the Cannon Valley Trail in Red Wing.[4]


  1. ^ "Hay Creek Management Unit (map)" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. June 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  2. ^ Huddleston, Jerry. "Chicago Great Western Trails". Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  3. ^ "Goodhue Pioneer Trail (R. J. Dorer Memorial Trail)". Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  4. ^ "Goodhue Pioneer State Trail". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2011-06-04.

External links[edit]