Located in the beautiful southeastern Minnesota river valley, the Great River Ridge State Trail has picturesque views of river bluffs. Built on former railroad grade, the Great River Ridge State Trail is also a fairly easy ride. When complete, the trail will be paved for 15 miles, and travel between the cities of Plainview and Eyota. Currently, there are 13 miles of paved trail from Plainview, south through the town of Elgin and continues on to County Road 9. Summer uses are primarily bicycling, in-line skating, and hiking.
Users should use caution along the trail. Many areas could be covered in flood water. Do not walk or ride through flooded areas.
(Updated March 15, 2019)
Quiet city streets allow users to explore the towns along the way. Plainview is known to be the agricultural hub of the area, and has additional opportunity for recreation in it’s 8 city parks. Nearby are also Carley State Park and Whitewater State Park. Future plans involve extension to Carley State Park.
The trail offers a dual, natural surface treadway from Elgin to County Road 9 that is used for horseback riding in the summer, and snowmobiling in the winter.
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- Trail uses
Accessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)
Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!
Parking is available at the following trail accesses:
- Plainview: Parking is available at the trailhead.
- Elgin: Parking is available in town.
Restroom facilities may be available in each of the communities along the trail.
- Carley State Park: (park permit required)
- In the area
Nearby DNR recreational areas include:
State Water Trail
Scientific and Natural Area
Wildlife Management Area
- Whitewater WMA Map
Attractions and points of interest
Chester Woods Park Olmsted County
Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo Olmsted County
All users must yield to horses. Stop and dismount if requested.
- 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.
- Trail users are legally responsible for obeying the rules and regulations provided in Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000.
The trail offers a dual, natural surface treadway from Elgin to County Road 9 that is used for snowmobiling in the winter.