Douglas State Trail

Douglas State Trail

The Douglas State Trail is a 12.5 mile, multiple-use trail developed on an abandoned railroad grade. It is generally level and accessible. There are two separate treadways: one is paved for bicyclists and hikers; the other is natural surface for horseback riders and snowmobilers. The trail begins in northwestern Rochester, passes through the small town of Douglas, and ends in Pine Island.

Landscape

This trail offers outstanding rural scenery and travels through 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.

Trail uses

One treadway is paved for bicyclists and hikers. A second treadway has a natural surface for horseback riders and snowmobilers.

hikingHiking

bikingBiking

in-line skatingIn-line skating

horsebackHorseback

snowmobilingSnowmobiling

Wheelchair accessAccessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)

Trail events

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Permits
Parking

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!

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

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

Toilet facilities are available at each of the trailhead accesses listed under Parking.

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.