The trail, a former railroad grade, is generally flat and level. It passes through a varied landscape of woods, grasslands, lakes, wetlands, and farm fields. Communities with rest stops and amenities are generally seven to ten miles apart. The Central Lakes Trail is open to non-motorized use and groomed for snowmobiling in the winter.
Along the Trail
The official Fergus Falls Trailhead is to DeLagoon Park, where you can find parking, bathroom, picnic and camping facilities about a mile south of the intersection of Minnesota Highway 210 and Pebble Lake Road.
Delagoon Park is named for Lucy and Philip Delagoon, who homesteaded the land in 1914. This large park offers camping, swimming and picnic facilities, and is connected to the city with bike routes that take you to Grotto Lake Park with the famous statue of Otto the Otter.
Watch for the well-known statue of Big Ole the Viking at the north end of downtown Alexandria, near the Runestone Museum. He's been keeping watch over Alexandria since 1965.
Other trail highlights: You'll cross the Continental Divide near Fergus Falls, where water flows south into the Mississippi or north into Hudson Bay. Keep an eye out for pink, or yellow Lady's Slipper growing along the trail in early summer.
More detailed information at www.centrallakestrail.com