Glacial Lakes State Trail
The area around the Glacial Lakes Trail is dotted with countless lakes shaped by retreating glaciers some 10,000 years ago. Today, communities in this popular tourist area welcome visitors who come here to recreate at the lake, on the bike or both. Read more …
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Along the Trail
The trail starts at the Civic Center on the northern edge of Willmar. It goes northeast through beautiful farm land, prairie, and communities along the way include Spicer, New London, Hawick and Paynesville, where the trail currently terminates. A five-mile segment between Roscoe and Richmond is also paved.
Just northeast of Willmar, take the five-mile Eagle Lake Loop Trail which circles back to the Civic Center. A city bike route also takes you to downtown Willmar. In Spicer, take a ride around Green Lake on a combination of trails and signed routes. A five-mile on-road connection takes you to Sibley State Park near New London, but plans are underway to build a standalone trail. Take a detour in Paynesville and ride around Lake Koronis.
At Richmond, the Glacial Lakes Trail connects to the RoCoRi Trail, which in turn will one day reach the Lake Wobegon Trail.
At the eastern end of the Glacial Lakes Trail, take Paynesville’s connector route to the Lake Koronis Trail. At Richmond, the Glacial Lakes Trail connects to the RoCoRi Trail, which will connect Richmond, Cold Spring and Rockville. Currently, this trail ends about a mile east of Cold Spring, but will continue on to Rockville soon and eventually reach the Lake Wobegon Trail.