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Red Jacket Valley Trail

Intermediate
 5.0 (1)

This trail is a nice, easy loop around the whole Red Jacket Valley Park.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

100%

Runnable

798' 243 m

High

773' 236 m

Low

46' 14 m

Up

46' 14 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Sometimes it can get washed out in one spot, muddy, or soggy if there has been a lot of rain.

Need to Know

The park is free and open to the public, but does have open hours. There seem to be plans to put in a restroom facility, but for now, there are portable toilets.

Description

Red Jacket Valley Park was recently acquired and is being developed as a multi-use public park. The trail runs pretty much along the outer edge of the park. There are views of the Le Sueur River from trail and it runs through grassy and wooded areas and is either dirt, grass or gravel. Sometimes the trail gets washed out in the low areas if there has been a lot of rain.

Anglers sometimes fish in this park. People go swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, or canoeing in the quarry lake.

Flora & Fauna

Geese nest on the islands in summer and there are lots of birds to see. There has also been a beaver dam on one of the islands. Toads and frogs are abundant in spring. The old quarry lake is stocked with fish.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Mankato

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Sarah Houle

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#43

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#2,756

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Snowshoe and Ski Trail through trees.
Feb 18, 2019 near North M…, MN
Afternoon sun over Red Jacket Quarry Lake.
Feb 18, 2019 near North M…, MN
View of the LeSueur River from the trail.
Feb 18, 2019 near North M…, MN

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