Dakota Rail Trail

Lester Prairie residents and business owners, and city, county, and state government officials watched as Lester Prairie Mayer Eric Angvall cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail in Lester Prairie Sept. 13, 2019. Photo by Ivan Raconteur

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Information updated March 2022

The Dakota Regional Trail connects Lester Prairie to Carver and Hennepin counties.
Where: The trail is a former railroad corridor extending 44 miles from Hutchinson to Wayzata.
The trail accommodates the planned uses of walking, hiking, biking, jogging, dog walking, and inline skating.

Features: The trail is paved from McLeod Co. Rd. 1 in Lester Prairie to the east.

No motorized vehicles are allowed except snowmobiles, which can be used west of McLeod County Road 9. Snowmobiles are not permitted on the trail anywhere in Carver County.