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Trails Fact Sheet

December 20, 2010

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Opportunities to enjoy running, hiking, inline skating, biking or walking throughout Rochester, Minn. are endless.  The city offers more than 85 miles of trails with amazing city and country views and recently finished surfaces.  Rochester provides easy and accessible ways for residents and visitors to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

City Trail System

Rochester's 85 miles of recreational trails are bituminous or concrete surfaced, providing well-maintained options for physical activity throughout the city.  Finished with attractive rails and complemented by gorgeous skyline and nature views, the Rochester City Trail System is one of the finest in the country and a perfect addition to visitors' or residents' experience.

State Trail System

The Root River Trail is 75.5 miles long and includes the Harmony-Preston Valley Trail. The Douglas State Trails are 12.5 miles long; both are located in the Rochester area. Developed on historic railroad passages, the trails provide outstanding rural scenery, with a combination of paved and unpaved surfaces for wheels, hooves and shoes.  The Douglas Trail gently travels through a mix of forest and rolling fields, while the Root River Trail gives breathtaking views of soaring limestone bluffs of the Root River Valley.  The latter was newly paved in 1999 and features a choice of less and more challenging areas.  The Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail contributes 18 additional miles of trail, connecting with the Root River system.  All state trails have convenient parking lots with rest facilities.

Quarry Hill Nature Center

Opening eyes and minds through natural science discovery, Quarry Hill Nature Center offers more than five miles of trails covering 270 acres.  Like the Douglas State Trail, Quarry Hill's system links with the City Trail System.

Other specific trail loops include:

  • Cascade Creek Trail - West Circle Drive and Highway 52 - 6.5 miles
  • Downtown Trail - Mayo Park to Soldiers Field - 2 miles
  • Bear Creek Trail - Bear Creek Park to Pinewood Road - 3.1 miles


For more information, please contact Mary Gastner at 800-634-8277 or mgastner@rochestercvb.org or visit http://www.rochestercvb.org/.