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Map of Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

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Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, Minnesota

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail Minnesota map area

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

LENGTH:

39 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Mankato, Madison Lake, Greenland, Elysian, Waterville, Morristown, Warsaw, Faribault

HIGHLIGHTS:

Minesota countryside, farmland, woodlands, lakes, Sakatah Lake State Park

NEARBY TRAILS:

Minnesota River Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Faribault

Mankato

Regional Trails

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is a 39-mile long paved trail that extends from Mankato to Faribault in Southern Minnesota. Much of the trail was constructed along a abandoned railroad bed and has gentle grades and is accessible for wheelchairs. The route of the trail takes you through open farmland, past multiple lakes, along forested stretches and through several local communities.

The trail also travels through Sakatah Lake State Park, just east of Waterville.

Conditions

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is paved the entire route. The trail is open for walking, bike riding, in-line skating and horseback (is specific sections). In winter, the trail is open for cross country skiing and portions of the trail are open for snowmobiles. Passes are required for riding horses, skiing and snowmobiling. There is an entrance fee for parking in the state parks.

Communites

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail goes past the following communities: Mankato, Madison Lake, Greenland, Elysian, Waterville, Morristown, Warsaw and Faribault.

Points of Interest

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Mankato Golf Club
Eagle Lake
Lindburgh Park
Lake Francis
Lake Elysian
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Senior High School
Sakatah Lake
Sakatah Lake State Park
Bridge over the Cannon River
Cannon Lake
White Sands Park
End Points and Route Description

The west end of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is located near the intersection of Highway 14 and County Road 57, on the north side of Mankato. At this location, the state trail intersects with the recreational trail that runs alongside Highway 14 and heads west to the Minnesota River Trail. The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail heads to the north from this location, going past the Mankato Golf Course. There is a trailhead with parking on Lime Valley Road. The trail crosses Lime Valley Road, heads into the woods then makes a wide loop to go under County Road 57. Farther to the east, the trail goes under Highway 22.

There is a trailhead at Highway 22, just north of the intersection with County Road 26. The trailhead has an access path to the main trail. The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail then heads to the southeast going past residential neighborhoods and farmland. It makes a tight loop at 589th Avenue then heads directly east alongside N. Victory Road. It takes a couple jogs and crosses 594th Avenue before heading cross-country away from any highway, eventually going through the community of Madison Lake.

In Madison Lake, there is a trailhead on Spruce Avenue with parking or you can head up to Duck Lake Park north of town for a restroom or to picnic by the lake. After Madison Lake, the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail continues traveling east for another 7 miles across farmland to the community of Elysian. There is a trailhead with parking and a restroom adjacent to the trail. The trail then travels another 6 miles through farmland to the City of Waterville. Once in Waterville, you need to ride along surface streets to connect to the next section of trail.

Just east of Waterville, The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail goes through the Sakatah Lake State Park. There is no fee to ride through the park, but there is if you use the parking areas. The trail follows the south shore of Lake Sakatah then heads over to the City of Morristown. There is a trailhead in Morristown, accessible from Morristown Boulevard and adjacent to the main trail. The trail follows alongside Morristown Boulevard for the remainder of the route.

The trail wraps around the southern and eastern shore of Cannon Lake, going through Shager Park. East of the lake, the trail heads into the City of Faribault.

The eastern end of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is located at White Sands Park on Lyndal Avenue. There is parking and a restroom at this trailhead.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the communities and trails mentioned in this article.

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