Welcome to the Luce Line State Trail virtual tour! Bring your bike, walking stick, or horse to experience miles of trail over a varied landscape that includes fields, forests, and lakes. We hope the tour prompts you to visit the state trail in person sometime soon.
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Gleason Lake is a beautiful spot along the trail for wildlife viewing and fishing. Please help control exotic species by brushing seeds and mud off your shoes at the provided boot brushes. Give invasive species the brush off!
Watch a captioned video about traveling from Gleason Lake to Orono. (1 minute 37 seconds)
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Orono Orchard Road Bridge
At this point, the horse tread way separates from the bike path and has an at-grade crossing while bikers, walkers, and snowmobilers cross the bridge. If you listen closely you might hear a nearby golf game through the trees.
Watch a captioned video about the Orono area to Stubbs Bay. (1 minute 24 seconds)
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At Stubbs Bay Road, there is a nice city park and a parking lot for trail users. You can also catch a glimpse of Stubbs Bay which is a part of Lake Minnetonka. During the winter season, snowmobilers can begin riding west on the trail at this point. The eastern seven miles are left ungroomed for snowshoers and cross-country skiers.
Watch a captioned video about traveling to Stubbs Bay to Oak Lake. (1 minute 19 seconds)
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The shoreline along Oak Lake was restored during the fall of 2012 to improve the lake habitat and to stop eroding soil from entering the lake. Trail users may enjoy a break at a nearby bench while they soak in the scenery.
Watch a captioned video about traveling from Oak Lake to Watertown. (0 minute 52 seconds)
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South Fork of the Crow River, Watertown
The South Fork of the Crow River flows north from here to the Mississippi River. Watch for egrets and herons fishing along this lovely area. Trail users will find a horse corral and other amenities nearby, as well as a parking area on Territorial Street.
Watch a captioned video about the Watertown area to Vega Avenue. (1 minute 21 seconds)
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Vega Avenue Parking Area
A carry-over from the Big Woods that once occupied the area, a Maple-Basswood Forest lines the trail here. Trail users will enjoy the shade, solitude, and birdwatching opportunities offered by these rolling stands of sugar maple and basswood trees.
Watch a captioned video about traveling from Vega Avenue to Winsted. (1 minute 26 seconds)
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The Luce Line State Trail follows city roads through the town of Winsted and then connects up again at the old rail bed here at Winsted Lake. Lush vegetation bordering the lake provides lovely scenery and excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities.
Watch a captioned video about traveling the Winsted to Hutchinson area. (1 minute 21 seconds)
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Arch Street, Hutchinson
Arch Street offers a great place to access the Luce Line State Trail in Hutchinson. The trail connects communities along its route, just as the Luce brothers had planned for their Electric Short Line Railway in 1916. Today, the Luce Line State Trail follows the route once taken by that old railway.
Watch a captioned video about the Hutchinson area. (1 minute 17 seconds)
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Thompson Lake County Park, Cosmos
Thompson Park (Meeker County) marks one end of the 63 mile-long Luce Line State Trail. Located one mile west of Cosmos on Lake Thompson, this park provides drinking water, bathrooms, picnic shelters, a fishing dock, playground equipment, and a sand volleyball court. The trail surface is mowed grass from this point on to Cedar Mills.
Watch a captioned video traveling from Cosmos to Hutchinson. (1 minute 17 seconds)