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Willard Munger State Trail

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Willard Munger State Trail

LENGTH:

70 miles + 2.6 miles + 2.8 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Duluth, Thompson, Carlton, Atkinson, Mahtowa, Barnum, Moose Lake, Sturgeon Lake,  Willow River, Rutledge, Finlayson, Hinkley, Wrenshall

HIGHLIGHTS:

rail trail, lakes, forests, rural communities, remote route, wildlife

NEARBY TRAILS:

Western Waterfront Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Duluth

Regional Trails

The Willard Munger State Trail is a 70-mile long paved trail that extends from the City of Duluth to Hinkley in Eastern Minnesota. The path of the trail was constructed along an abandoned railroad bed and goes through a beautiful area of the state. The route takes you through thick forests, by lakes, over rivers and past several small historic communities. It is a lovely trail to take when the autumn colors start to appear. There is also a good chance of seeing wildlife along the way, as well.

There is a branch of the Willard Munger State Trail named the Alex Laveau Memorial Trail which honors the memory of a former county commissioner that was a strong advocate of the idea of reusing abandoned railways as public trails. The paved portion of the trail heads to the south from Carlton and exists in two sections. The northern section is 2.6-miles long, then the trail has a short gap before Wrenshall. The pavement then picks up again in the town and extends 2.8 miles to Highway 23. There is an unimproved section of the Alex Laveau Memorial Trail that extends to the east of Highway 23.

Conditions

The Willard Munger State Trail is paved for the entire route. The trail is open for bike riding, running and walking. The trail travels far from most highways and roads, though it roughly follows the same route as Interstate 35 and there are several places where you can exit the interstate to ride a portion of the trail.

Communities

The Willard Munger State Trail goes through the communities of Thompson, Carlton, Otter Creek, Atkinson, Mahtowa, Barnum, Moose Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Willow River, Rutledge, Finlayson, Groningen, Friesland, Hinkley and Wrenshall.

End Points

The north end of the trail is located on the east side of Duluth. The Western Waterfront Trail has an access trail to where the Willard Munger State Trail begins on S. 75th Avenue W and Grand Avenue, not far from the Lake Superior Zoo. The paved trail heads off to the southwest along Highway 23. Just before Beaudry Street, the Willard Munger State Trail goes over the highway and heads off cross country away from the highway and streets. Note that there are long stretches of this trail that have no services and are far from any towns.

The south end of the Willard Munger State Trail is located in Hinkely on 2nd Street NW, just east of County Road 61.

Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Willard Munger State Trail in Minnesota.