State trails

Great River Ridge State Trail

hiking Hiking

Biking Biking

In-line Skating In-line skating

Horseback Riding Horseback

Snowmobiling Snowmobiling

Wheelchair access Wheelchair access
(electric wheelchairs allowed)

Trail features

Great River Ridge State Trail Location
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Great River Ridge State Trail

Located in the beautiful southeastern Minnesota valley, the Great River Ridge State Trail has picturesque views of river bluffs. Built on former railroad grade, the Great River Ridge State Trail is also a fairly easy ride.

When complete, the trail will be paved for 15 miles, and travel between the cities of Plainview and Eyota. Currently, there are 13 miles of paved trail from Plainview, south through the town of Elgin and continues on to County Road 9. Summer uses are primarily bicycling, in-line skating, and hiking.
 

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Landscape

Quiet city streets allow users to explore the towns along the way. Plainview is known to be the agricultural hub of the area, and has additional opportunity for recreation in it’s 8 city parks. Nearby are also Carley State Park and Whitewater State Park. Future plans involve extension to Carley State Park.


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Permits

The trail offers a dual, natural surface treadway from Elgin to County Road 9 that is used for horseback riding in the summer, and snowmobiling in the winter. You will need a horse pass if you will be horseback riding, a ski pass for cross-country skiing, and a snowmobile state trail sticker for snowmobiling. No other fees or passes are required to use the trail.

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

Parking

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!

Parking is available at the following trail accesses:

  • Plainview: Parking is available at the trailhead.
  • Elgin: Parking is available in town.

Restrooms

Restroom facilities may be available in each of the communities along the trail.

In the area

Nearby DNR recreational areas include:

State Parks

State Water Trail

State Forest

Scientific and Natural Area

Wildlife Management Area

  • Whitewater WMA Map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

The following links will take you off the DNR website.

Chester Woods Park This link leads to an external site.Olmsted County

Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo This link leads to an external site.Olmsted County


Explore Minnesota Tourism This link leads to an external site.

This link leads to Explore Minnesota Tourism's website.

Trail etiquette

All users must yield to horses. Stop and dismount if requested.

  • 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

The trail offers a dual, natural surface treadway from Elgin to County Road 9 that is used for snowmobiling in the winter. You will need a ski pass for cross-country skiing, and a snowmobile state trail sticker for snowmobiling.