The Luce Line State Trail is a 63 mile long former railroad grade which is developed for biking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and skiing. The limestone surfaced trail runs from Plymouth 30 miles west to Winsted, with a parallel treadway for horseback riding. From Winsted to Hutchinson, the trail is paved, from Hutchinson to Cedar Mills it is crushed granite and Cedar Mills to Cosmos it is Natural (mowed grass). Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail west of Stubb's Bay Road.
Trail Closure: Utility Work in Plymouth, trail is closed, no public access permitted
- Stay off the closed section of trail at all times! Mats placed on the trail corridor are for construction use and are slippery and dangerous!
- There are hazards in the trail closure area during and outside working construction activities.
The Luce Line State Trail (DNR) and Luce Line Trail (Three Rivers Park District) in the Plymouth area will be closed for utility work between Co Rd 101 and Berkshire Lane N, east of I-494 , until early summer. Xcel Energy will be reconstructing two existing 115 kilovolt transmission lines running along the trail. For the safety of everyone, no public access to the trail will be allowed. The DNR’s Vicksburg Lane parking lot will also be closed.
For questions on the closure and project please call Xcel Energy at 612-330-6078 or visit the project website.
- The horse trail is closed from the McLeod/Carver county line west to McLeod County road 115 until May 15 due to wet trail conditions.
- The horse trail is closed from the McLeod/Carver county line east to Vicksburg Lane in Plymouth until May 15 due to wet trail conditions.
(Updated May 3, 2018)
Stretching across the varied landscapes of metropolitan and rural Minnesota, the Luce Line is a preserved strip of countryside alive with many varieties of plants and animals. In the east the influence is woodland, a carry-over from the Big Woods that once occupied the area. Rolling stands of sugar maple and basswood, along with many colorful forest floor ground-cover plants can be found here. From Hutchinson westward, the Big Woods gives way to remnants of the tall-grass prairie, with many prairie plants still visible.
Wildlife inhabitants range from deer, fox and mink to owls and pheasant. Many adjacent lakes also support ducks and geese. The Luce Line is truly like a jaunt down a quiet country road.
You will need a horse pass if you will be horseback riding, and for snowmobiling, a snowmobile must be registered or have a snowmobile state trail sticker. No other fees or passes are required to use the trail.
Luce Line State Trail
- Trail uses
Accessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)
Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!
Parking is available at the following trail accesses:
- Cedar Mills: Parking lot located on the south side of Hwy 7, east of the grain elevator.
- Cosmos: Thompson Park offers parking, 252nd Avenue and within Cosmos (on road).
- County Road 92: along the road Lyndale.
- County Road 127, south of County Road 20, Caver County.
- Highway 100: just outside of Maple Plain.
- Hutchinson: Parking is available at the Odd Fellow’s Park (west side of town). Parking is available at the intersection of 4th Ave NE and Arch Street and also within the city.
- Long Lake: off Stubbs Bay Road.
- Plymouth: off of 10th Ave. No. and Vicksburg Lane.
- Silver Lake: Parking area is located on north side of Highway 7 at Park Avenue.
- Watertown: within the town.
- Vega Ave.: just west of of Watertown.
- Winsted: Trail parking is available on Babcock Ave/County Road 1 and Kingsley St/County Road 9 (on road).
Restroom facilities are provided along the trail at these points:
- Highway 101
- Willow Drive (Available seasonally on-site from April-November.)
- County Road 92
- Old Long Lake Road (Available seasonally on-site from April-November.)
- Other adjacent city and regional parks along the trail.
- In the area
Nearby DNR recreational areas include:
State Recreation Area
State Water Trails
- Crow River State Water Trail: North Fork
- Crow River State Water Trail: South Fork
- Minnesota River State Water Trail
- Mississippi River State Water Trail
Scientific and Natural Areas
Attractions and points of interest
Baker Park Reserve - camping, Parker's Lake City Park - swimming, picnic area, Swan Lake County Park - pier fishing.
All users must yield to horses. Stop and dismount if requested.
- Stay on the trail.
- Keep to the right.
- All pets must be on a leash.
- Clean up all pet waste.
- Obey traffic signs and rules.
- Respect private property adjacent to the trail.
- Camping and campfires are not permitted on the Luce Line State Trail.
- Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
- Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000 apply on the Luce Line State Trail.
Skiing is suggested between Vickburg Lane and Stubb's Bay Road. Ungroomed trails do not require a ski pass.
Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail west of Stubb’s Bay Road but are prohibited between Vicksburg Lane and Stubbs Bay Road. Be aware of local speed limit restrictions. A snowmobile must be registered or have a snowmobile state trail sticker.