Located on a converted rail-trail, the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail offers 39 miles of paved trail. The trail begins at Lime Valley Road near State Highway 14, joins the Minnesota River Trail in Mankato, follows a signed route on city streets through Waterville, passes through three miles of Sakatah Lake State Park, and ends east of Interstate 35 in Faribault. It is generally level and wheelchair accessible.
Rough trail conditions
Rough trail conditions exist between Elysian and Waterville making this portion of the trail more suitable to mountain bikes and fat tire bikes.
Due to recent, heavy rainfall, portions of the Sakatah Trail have standing water between Blue Earth County Road 12 and the Eagle Lake parking lot. Please use caution.
(Updated July 18, 2019)
The trail lies in the transition zone between what was once the "Big Woods" and the vast prairies. Remnants of these plant communities can still be found scattered throughout what is now cultivated land.
Sakatah Lake State Park is along the trail, and provides a separate bicycling campground, picnic grounds, boat access, and additional hiking trails. There are several other lakes and public parks within an easy ride of the trail.
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- Trail Uses
The trail has been developed for bicycling, in-line skating, horseback riding, hiking, and snowmobiling.
Accessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)
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, 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:
- Mankato: North on County Road 57 to Lime Valley Road; 1/4 mile north.
- Mankato: North on State Highway 22.
- Eagle Lake: West on State Highway 14 to County Road 86; one mile north.
- Madison Lake: State Highway 60 to Main Street, three blocks north on Main Street.
- Elysian: Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail Wayside Rest Area.
- Waterville: State Highway 60 to State Highway 13; 1/4 mile north on 13.
- Morristown: State Highway 60 to County Road 16; west on State Highway 60 1/4 mile.
- Shager County Park: On State Highway 60.
- Faribault: State Highway 60 and County Road 21; north on County Road 21 1/2 mile.
Restroom facilities are provided along the trail at the points below.
- Elysian: Year-round wheelchair accessible wayside rest building with running water.
- Faribault: Year-round wheelchair accessible wayside rest building with running water.
- Sakatah Lake State Park: Seasonal bathrooms with running water. (Not available in winter.)
- Wheelchair accessible portable toilets are available Mid-May to Labor Day at the Highway 22, Madison Lake, Morristown, and Shager Park parking Lots. (Not available in winter.)
- In the area
Nearby DNR recreational areas include:
- Mill Towns State Trail
- Sakatah Lake State Park
- Minneopa State Park
- Straight River State Water Trail
- Cannon River State Water Trail
- Minnesota River State Water Trail
- Cannon Lake Water Access Site (2 mi SW of Faribault on Mn Hwy 60 to E shore)
- Cannon River Water Access Site (in Morristown off of Franklin St)
- Cannon River/Sakatah Lake Water Access Site (in Waterville)
- Duck Lake Water Access Site (0..5 mi N of the city of Madison Lake on SE shore)
- Elysian Lake Water Access Site (0.5 mi E of the city of Elysian on Mn Hwy 60 to N shore)
- Frances Lake Water Access Site (in Elysian off of 1st St N)
- Frances Lake Water Access Site (north end of Elysian, on the south shore of Francis Lake)
- Gilfillin Lake Water Access Site (Take 227th St west of Madison Lake for 1.3 miles to 610th Ave. Follow 610th Ave north for 0.1 miles to the access.)
- Lily Lake Water Access Site (1 mi E of the city of Elysian)
- Madison Lake Water Access Site (SW corner of the city of Madison Lake on NW shore)
- Tustin Lake Water Access Site (in Elysian off of 5th St NE)
- Upper Sakatah Lake Water Access Site (in Sakatah Lake State Park)
- Townsend Woods SNA
- Cannon River Trout Lily SNA
- Cannon River WMA
- Dove Lake WMA
- Dwyer WMA
- Earl Swain WMA
- Faribault WMA
- Gilfillan Lake WMA
- Sakatah WMA
- Seha WMA
Attractions and points of interest
Bray Park and Campground, Blue Earth County Parks, Trails and Campgrounds Map and Information Guide
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.
- Pack out all garbage and litter.
- Respect private property adjacent to the trail.
- Give an audible signal to warn other trail users when passing. 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 in designated campsites. Never leave campfires unattended.
- Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
- Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000 apply on the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail.
Primary uses of the trail include hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, and the entire 39 mile corridor is open to these uses.