Douglas State Trail

Douglas State Trail

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The Douglas State Trail is a paved 12.5 mile, multiple use trail developed on an abandoned railroad grade. This trail crosses outstanding rural scenery, traversing some of the richest agricultural land in Minnesota. The trail begins in northwestern Rochester, travels through the small town of Douglas (for which the trail is named) and terminates in Pine Island. It is generally level and wheelchair accessible.

Douglas State Trail location

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Visitor alert

Trail construction updates

The Douglas State Trail is now open two miles south of Pine Island. Expect trail closure again in spring of 2018 as Olmsted County rebuilds 125th St (Co. Rd. 5).

(Updated May 16, 2018)

 

Landscape

This trail crosses outstanding rural scenery, traversing some of the richest agricultural land in Minnesota. You will pass through a scenic mix of forest, rolling fields and pastures. Partridge and pheasant live in the woods, and toward Rochester, geese become more abundant. Little-used county roads offer opportunity to plan a circular route.

Adjacent horse trail

One treadway is paved for bicyclists, hikers, and in-line skaters. A second treadway has a natural surface for horseback riders and snowmobilers.

Permits

You will need a horse pass if you will be horseback riding. Snowmobiles must be registered or have a snowmobile state trail sticker. No other fees or passes are required to use the trail.

 

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Trail uses

One treadway is paved for bicyclists, hikers, and in-line skaters. A second treadway has a natural surface for horseback riders and snowmobilers.

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bikingBiking

in-line skatingIn-line skating

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snowmobilingSnowmobiling

Wheelchair accessAccessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)

Parking

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!

Parking is available at the following trail accesses, each with rest facilities:

  • Rochester: From US Highway 52, take the CSAH 22 (55th Street) exit; then west and south on CSAH approximately 2 miles to Olmstead County Road 4; then east .3 miles to the Rochester trailhead
  • Douglas: From US Highway 52, turn west on Olmstead County Road 14; approximately 3 miles to the Douglas trailhead
  • Pine Island: From US Highway 52, take the Goodhue County Road 11 approximately 1/2 mile to the Pine Island City Park trailhead
Restrooms

Restroom facilities are available at the following trail accesses:

  • Rochester: From US Highway 52, take the CSAH 22 (55th Street) exit; then west and south on CSAH approximately 2 miles to Olmstead County Road 4; then east .3 miles to the Rochester trailhead
  • Douglas: From US Highway 52, turn west on Olmstead County Road 14; approximately 3 miles to the Douglas trailhead
  • Pine Island: From US Highway 52, take the Goodhue County Road 11 approximately 1/2 mile to the Pine Island City Park trailhead
In the area

Nearby DNR recreational areas include:

Zumbro River State Water Trail

R.J. Dorer Hardwood Memorial State Forest

Attractions and points of interest

Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center

Rochester, MN Convention & Visitors Bureau

Rochester Parks and Trails 


Explore Minnesota Tourism

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Etiquette

Share the trail with others.

  • Stay on designated trail.
  • Keep to the right so others can pass.
  • All pets must be on a leash.
  • Clean up all pet waste.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Pack out all garbage and litter
  • Respect private property adjacent to the trail.
  • Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal. Some horses may be spooked by quiet bikers or in-line skaters. Let them know you are passing.
  • Overnight camping and campfires are permitted only on designated campsites. Never leave campfires unattended.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
  • Douglas State Trail users are legally responsible for obeying the rules and regulations provided in Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000.
Winter

This trail is not groomed for skiing. Snowmobilers should use the second treadway, which is clearly marked. A snowmobile must be registered or have a snowmobile state trail sticker.

Learn more about snowmobiling in Minnesota.