Glacial Lakes State Trail
This trail is listed in the 700 Great Rail-Trails
book as the Richmond to Willmar trail. There's been
a name change.
The Glacial Lakes Trail is located on a former
Burlington Northern Railroad grade, and is
generally level and wheelchair accessible. The trail
is paved with asphalt for 12 miles between Willmar, Spicer, and
New London. From New London to Hawick is
a 6 mile long trail surfaced with crushed granite for
hiking, biking and horseback riding.
The remaining 22 miles, between Hawick to just
past Richmond, is undeveloped and has the original
railroad stones as a surface. Some railroad bridges
have been removed.
We really enjoyed this trail. We thought the area
was beautiful especially the views of the lakes.
This is the "land of a thousand lakes."
Green Lake is huge!
This is just the
kind of trail we enjoy, and one kids would love.
Most of it is rural, but there are also populated
areas where you can stop for a hamburger
or milkshake. Wilmar was the perfect stopping place.