The Dakota Rail Regional Trail grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20 in Mound. The celebration will include activities for kids, historic highlights of the former rail corridor and refreshments. If you ride your bike to Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista before noon, you can join activities for free. There will also be a 5k run/walk that will begin at 10 a.m. in Mound and will travel west on the trail to Gale Woods Farm.
The path begins at a trailhead near Wayzata Beach (pictured bottom left) and travels 13.5 miles west and south through Orono, Minnetonka Beach, Spring Park, Mound, Minnetrista and St. Bonifacius.
The trail was built on a former railroad that was historically used to carry tourists to resort hotels near Lake Minnetonka. The railway was later extended to Hutchinson and used to carry freight. The recent construction of the trail has extended it to St. Bonifacius, and Carver and McLeod counties are expected to eventually extend the trail to Hutchinson.
The trail will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and welcomes non-motorized use.
Photos courtesy of Dakota Rail Regional Trail and Three Rivers Park District.