Many trails get busy in nice weather and on weekends - consider visiting during off-peak hours if you can. Visitors are encouraged to use trails close to their homes, and to practice safe social distancing by keeping at least 6-10 feet away from others, including when approaching or passing on the trail. If you see a lot of cars in the parking lot or at the trailhead, turn around and find someplace else for outdoor recreation.
Updated September 22, 2020
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. Come enjoy the hospitality of southern Minnesota!
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.
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- Trail uses
Accessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)
No other fees or passes are required to use the trail, although parking in the state parks does require a daily or annual pass.
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.
Restroom facilities are available along the trail at these points:
- At Frank Hall Park in Albert Lea
- At the White Fox Campground in Myre-Big Island State Park
- Rules & etiquette
You are responsible for knowing the rules. For more information see: Minnesota Rules, State Recreational Trails, 6100.3000 through 6100.4300.
Rules about using e-bikes, Segways, and other uses on state trails.
- 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.
Cross-country skiing, shoeshoeing and hiking are permitted winter uses. Trails are not groomed or packed. There is no snowmobiling on the trail.