Blazing Star Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Blazing Star Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albert Lea, Minnesota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

11.3 miles 597 feet Out & Back

wheelchair friendly




nature trips

road biking

trail running




wild flowers

Enjoy views of rural landscapes along the Blazing Star State Trail, linking Albert Lea to Big Island State Park. Pass Albert Lea Lake and experience a diversity of natural environments including oak savanna, several wetlands, old growth hardwood forest, and prairie landscape. Continue on past the Ranger station and onto the East Branch of the trail. Big Island State Park is considered an excellent birding spot, especially during spring and fall migration. This is an initial segment of a planned longer trail.

road biking
8 months ago

I rode the whole paved section with my road bike. Little bumpy in a few spots but over all a very nice ride. Beautiful view, some areas offer more seclusion than others. Couple steep hill sections that were exhilarating to descend and horrifying to ascend but great if you intended a workout!

9 months ago

Walked the Golden Point Peninsula by Frank Hall Park just off of Front Street. The Peninsula is bustling with birds, even saw a turkey and a goose sitting on a nest of eggs. Two benches on the little trail and two more on either exit/entrance along the blazing star trail along Front Street. Also has a great geocache to look for!

1 year ago

went a ways down this trail today. great trail fro families to get out enjoy nature. you may see wildlife ranging from pelicans ducks with their babies to deer. great place to go and enjoy the beautiful days in Minnesota.

3 years ago

Trail was in prime spring condition! Despite the recently downed limbs all around town due to a recent May snowstorm, the trail had already been cleared of debris. This is an extremely popular walking spot for locals.

road biking
4 years ago

This trail offers two small paved loops (roughly 1.5 mile if you do both) for those who would like a quick ride/walk, or you can take the out and back bike/walking trail out to Big Island Myre State Park, where the paved trail continues for several more miles before turning to gravel and ending a mile or so later at the train tracks.