The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division is amending the master plan for the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail to address an extension of the trail from the City of Harmony to the Minnesota-Iowa state border, including a connection to Niagara Cave, in Fillmore County.
The trail extension is proposed to be a 10-foot wide asphalt paved (bituminous) trail for approximately 6.0 miles, including a trail segment, approximately 0.5 mile long, connecting to Niagara Cave. Currently, the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail is an 18 mile, asphalt paved (bituminous) trail that connects the communities of Harmony and Preston to the Root River State Trail in Fillmore County. The trail is a multi-use, non-motorized trail, with the predominate uses consisting of bicycling, walking/hiking, in-line skating and cross-country skiing.
After the extension is developed, the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail will consist of approximately 24 miles, from its intersection with the Root River State Trail (north of Preston) to the Minnesota-Iowa state border and Niagara Cave.
This master plan amendment will guide the development, management and operation of the state trail extension to enhance outdoor recreational opportunities for the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail. The master plan amendment will be approved by the DNR before funds can be used for trail construction. The plan amendment discusses the extension of the trail from Harmony to the Minnesota-Iowa state border and Niagara Cave.
- Review the draft amendment
The master plan amendment is now available for public review and comment from July 27 to August 27, 2021.
- Public open house meeting (in person) August 12
Following the state guidance concerning COVID-19, and the DNR agency guidance for public meetings, an open house meeting will be available to attend in person.
Learn more about the plan amendment and upcoming resource project at an open house at the City of Harmony Community Center, in Harmony, Minnesota.
When: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on August 12, 2021
Where: Harmony Community Center gymnasium
225 3rd Ave. S.W., Harmony, MN 55939
It is not required to attend the meeting to provide comments or ask questions about the amendment.
The plan amendment remains available for review and comment through August 27, 2021.
- Comment on the plan amendment – Due August 27
Submit comments on the plan amendment in person at the open house, or by using the online comment form.
Comments may also be mailed to:
HPVST Plan Amendment comments
c/o Diane Anderson, Parks and Trails Div.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 4039
St. Paul, MN 55155-4039
For more information, please contact Diane Anderson via email at [email protected]