Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

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Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is a 54.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Waterville, Minnesota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 54.3 miles Elevation Gain: 862 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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The Sakatah Singing Hills is a 39 mile paved trail located in Southern Minnesota. It uses a former railroad bed that was purchased for public use. Initial work on the trail began in 1974 and it started as a gravel trail, emerging as a fully paved trail in 1995. Since that time, the trail has become a popular recreational getaway for mostly local people. There are many activities that are allowed on the trail, including bicycling, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, walking, rollerblading, walking pets, birdwatching and nature observation. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources maintains the trail.

road biking
4 months ago

Well kept hard paved state trail

running
4 months ago

This trail is fantastic! Flat, well maintained, and great scenery along this trail.

road biking
6 months ago

Ride this trail not infrequently from Mankato, out and back as much time as we have. Great paved, mostly flat trail (primarily old railroad bed) that is kid-friendly too. We enjoy the shade and scenery.

road biking
7 months ago

A beautiful mostly shaded trail. There were many fun stops along the trail for ice cream, beverages and city parks for a break. We rode from Sakatah State Park to Mankato. For a few miles after exiting the park trail it was fairly rough and should be replaced. The trail improved once we went through Elysian. The landscape and rocky areas closer to Mankato were stunning. Hope to visit this trail again.

8 months ago

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Mon Aug 20 2018

Love to ride it, great scenery and easy going.

mountain biking
Sat Jul 28 2018

Perfect place for biking through theses trails

road biking
Fri Jul 27 2018

Nice flat, paved trail and shaded most of the way. I rode from Faribault to Waterville on this trail and it’s was a fun ride! Somewhat scenic with the lakes near the trail too. My goal is to ride this trail from Faribault to Mankato one way, 40 miles approximately

Wed May 23 2018

Great unpaved trails that were relatively easy to navigate. Small amount of wildlife visible— most of it heard. Serene & easy to get back to paved trails for ease of navigation.

mountain biking
Thu Aug 25 2016

Long paved trail worth the total ride.

road biking
Thu Jun 18 2015

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hiking
Sat Dec 27 2014

I did not care for this park as much as other Minnesota State Parks. I was hoping for more elevation changes than I found. That said, for trail running, it s a great park since it is fairly flat, but not completely without small rises here and there. I was here on a cool, drizzly September day. I did enjoy the quiet hiking through the trees and there was a bit of wind to move the leaves. I find that soothing and part of my nature experience I seek when hiking. Nice lake to sit near, biking trails through the park (should have brought my road bike) so multiple options in addition to hiking.

hiking
Sat Aug 31 2013

Good bike and running trails!

road biking
Wed Aug 25 2010

This paved trail offers a look at the scenery of the heartland of southern Minnesota. My favorite portion of the path travels through the wooded areas of Sakatah State Park that span the 7 mile distance between Waterville, MN and Morristown, MN.

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