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Cottonwood River Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Ulm, Minnesota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 95 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

As of March 16, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail. Some areas were closed at some point but now have a trail around the closure. Easy trail. Somewhat maintained. Overall, a decent trail for a quick hike.

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3 months ago

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Mon Jul 13 2015

Nice park, but some background noise with cars, planes and families. There is actually about 8 miles of trails. I think the app says 3. I hiked most of the park and very much enjoyed every minute. You will weave your way through woods, prairie and along the river. I camped in the rustic campground. Very pleasant but if you want any privacy at all, reserve Site 62. It's the only site that's not on top of everyone else.

hiking
Sun Aug 03 2014

Went on an August day, wildflowers blooming like crazy. Great easy hike, some forests and some prairie grasses. However nearby camping, swimming, and road may have been great for park recreation but were poor for some peaceful hiking.

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Mon May 22 2017

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Thu Oct 22 2015

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Thu Oct 22 2015