Map of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail


Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Dakota Rail Regional Trail Minnesota map area

Dakota Rail Regional Trail


28.5 miles


paved / unpaved


New Germany, Meyer, St. Bonifacius, Mound, Spring Park, Minnetoka Beach, Wayzata, Lester Prairie


rail trail, lakes, rural communities, local parks


Luce Line State Trail


Minneapolis Metro


Regional Trails

The Dakota Rail Trail is a 28.5-mile long mostly paved trail that reaches from the community of New Germany to the community of Lester Prairie in the eastern portion of Minnesota. The trail follows an abandoned rail corridor as it passes through the open countryside of Carver County and Hennepin County.

The route passes through small towns, farmland, wooded areas, wetlands and past large lakes. The trail provides recreation for a variety of uses and ages. The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is located southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The trail is maintained by Carver County Parks and Recreation and the Three Rivers Park District.


The Dakota Rail Trail is paved for most of its route. The trail has a compacted gravel surface for the 1.4-mile long section to the east of Lester Prairie. The trail is open for bike riding, running and walking.


The Dakota Rail Trail goes past the following communities: Wayzata, Minnetonka Beach, Spring Park, Mound, St. Bonifacius, Meyer, New Germany and Lester Prairie.

Points of Interest

The Dakota Rail Trail goes past the following points of interest (east to west):

Downtown Wayzata
Wayzata Bay & Beach
Woodhill Golf Course
Bridge over Tanager Lake
Smith Bay
Bridge over Crystal Bay
Gale Woods Farm
Westonka Recreational Park
Lake Waconia
Nearby Trails

Luce Line Trail: the Luce Line State Trail passes through Wayzata on the north side of Highway 12, just a few blocks from the trailhead for the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

End Points

The eastern end of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail is located along Lake Street SE at Manitoba Avenue in Wayzata.

Th western end of the trail is located along Pine Street to the south of Central Avenue in Lester Prairie.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Dakota Rail Regional Trail in Central Minnesota.