The Glacial Lakes Trail, while short in length
at only 18 miles, goes
through some of Minnesota's prime resort and fishing country. The Trail
is located on a former Burlington Northern Railroad
grade, and is generally level and wheelchair
of the trail runs along Green Lake, which is several miles across and
The segment between Willmar and
New London has a parallel grass treadway for
horseback riding. From New London to Hawick is a
6 mile long trail surfaces with crushed granite for
hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Though much of the area has been cultivated, remnants of virgin prairie, wetlands, and
scattered woodlots can still be found along the
railroad right-of-way. White tail deer, many
small mammals, and various bird species can be
seen along the trail.
Within Kandiyohi County, the trail is
groomed for winter snowmobile use, however studded
tracks are prohibited on the asphalt surface. No
snowmobile use is allowed on the future trail in
Stearns County at this time. The Glacial Lakes
State Trail connects to Sibley State Park via 3 miles
of paved shoulder along County Road 148.