Blazing Star State Trail

The Blazing Star State Trail is paved and runs from Albert Lea Lake in Albert Lea to Myre-Big Island State Park, a distance of approximately six miles. When completed, the Blazing Star State Trail will be approximately 20 miles long and connect Albert Lea and Austin via Big Island State Park and Hayward.

The trail currently connects to Albert Lea's city trail system and will eventually connect to Austin's city trail system as well the Shooting Star State Trail.

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Blazing Star State Trail location

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Landscape

Trail users will enjoy views of rural landscapes along the entire trail. Big Island State Park affords the opportunity to experience a diversity of natural environments including wetlands, oak savanna, big woods and prairie. The park is considered one of the many good birding spots in southern Minnesota, especially during spring and fall migration.


Events

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Permits

You will need a ski pass for cross-country skiing. No other fees or passes are required to use the trail, although parking in the state parks does require a daily or annual pass.

 

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • In the area
  • Etiquette
  • Winter

Parking

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!

Parking is available at the following trail accesses:

  • Albert Lea: Parking is available at Frank Hall Park at the trailhead.
  • Myre-Big Island State Park: Parking is available at New York Point Group Center and at the Little Island Pioneer Campground.

Restrooms

Restroom facilities are available along the trail at these points:

In the area

Nearby DNR recreational areas include:

State Park

Wildlife Management Area

Public Water Accesses

The following links will take you off the DNR website. 

Albert Lea This link leads to an external site.

Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau This link leads to an external site.

Austin This link leads to an external site.

Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau This link leads to an external site.


Explore Minnesota Tourism This link leads to an external site.

This link leads to Explore Minnesota Tourism's website.

Trail etiquette

Share the trail with others.

  • Stay on designated trail.
  • Keep to the right so others can pass.
  • Keep all pets on leash, and dispose of pet waste.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Pack out all garbage and litter.
  • Respect adjoining landowners' rights and privacy.
  • Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal.
  • Overnight camping and campfires are permitted only in designated campsites. Never leave campfires unattended.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
  • Trail users are legally responsible for obeying the rules and regulations provided in Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000.

Winter use

Cross-country skiing is popular on this trail in the winter. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski on this trail.

There is no snowmobiling on the trail.