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Lake Wobegon Trail

Location St. Joseph to the Stearns/Todd County Line and Albany to the Stearns/Morrison County line
State(s) Minnesota
Counties Stearns
Type Fitness Trail
Nature Trail
Rail Trail
Snow Trail
Length 54.00 Miles / 86.90 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No


The Lake Wobegon Trail is part of the Lake Wobegon/Central Lakes/Soo Line Trails.
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photo: Garrison Keillor comes to Lake Wobegon
Garrison Keillor comes to Lake Wobegon

This 54 mile multi-use trail provides year-round outdoor opportunities including bicycling, hiking, snowmobiling & in line skating. Remarks by Garrison Keillor, September 30, 1998, Trails Dedication
"I don't know how I am going to carry this plaque on my bicycle, for I did not bring a nap sack. I have come to Albany by bicycle, and I do not have a bicycle lock. I hope that is not going to be a problem.
Congratulations to all of the people, the Jaycees, members of the County Board, Mayors, and township officials all up and down the line who have worked so hard to accomplish this beautiful trail. I have only seen about six and a half miles of it; but I saw it on a bicycle that has no low gear, and a bicycle that has a flat tire, and riding into a northwesterly wind. So, I feel that I have paid the price for the little bit of it that I have seen.
It's an auspicious occasion to open up this new slower link between Avon and Albany and to include the other towns along the line - Freeport and Melrose and Sauk Centre and St Joseph; and I guess eventually, if they can raise the money, St Cloud. We need slow means of communication as well as rapid ones, you could get from Albany to Avon by freeway of course if you had to, but you would get there too fast and you wouldn't meet anybody along the way, you'd hope not to anyway.
As I have bicycled six and a half miles from Avon and I have just in the course of that time, peddling hard, into a northwesterly wind on a flat tire, (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available


Take I-94 west from Minneapolis. Take EXIT 160 at St. Joseph MN. Follow County Road 2 to the trailhead


Additional Information

Width: 120 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2002

Date Last Updated: 07/14/2011


Contact Information

Information contact:
Pete Theismann
Stearns County Parks
Washington State Parks
Waite Park , MN 56387
(320) 255-6172

Trail management:
Chuck Wocken
Stearns County Parks
1802 County Rd. 137
Waite Park , MN 56387
(320) 255-6172

Cliff Borgerding
Lake Wobegon Trails Inc
33504 Shorewood Dr
Avon , MN 56310
(320) 356-7191


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