Minnesota Valley State Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,288' 392 m
Descent: -1,281' -391 m
High: 800' 244 m
Low: 713' 217 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A long, beautiful path along the Minnesota River.”— Austin Lynch
Between Chaska and Shakopee, about 10 miles of the trail is paved. The rest of the trail is unpaved, though the grade is moderate throughout. There are plans to extend the trail between Fort Snelling and beyond Belle Plaine to Le Sueur.
Part of the trail goes through the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area, passing protected floodplains of the Minnesota River. The Lawrence Unit contains the beautiful Horseshoe Lake, which is one of the best spots in the area to see migrating songbirds and waterfowl in large numbers. Within the Louisville Swamp Unit, intersections with Middle Road, Flood's Road, and Mazomani Trail offer access to the Jabs Farm site, Little Rapids campsite, Johnson Slough, and other unique features of the area.
The path often runs close to the banks of the Minnesota River, which means that periodic flooding is a risk.
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