One of the most popular biking trails is the Glacial Lakes State Trail. It is located on a former Burlington Northern railroad grade, and is generally level and wheelchair accessible. The trail is paved for 22 miles between Willmar, Spicer, New London, Hawick, and the Kandiyohi/Stearns County line, and a five mile stretch from Richmond to Roscoe is also paved. The Glacial Lakes State Trail connects to Sibley State Park via three miles of paved shoulder along County Road 148.
The gently rolling topography of central Minnesota was created by glaciers retreating 10,000 years ago. The trail cuts across the border between Minnesota’s western tallgrass prairie and eastern deciduous forest. 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. Whitetail deer, numerous small mammals, birds, reptiles, and butterflies can be seen along the trail.
Parking is available at the following trail accesses:
–Willmar: Take Highway 12 east to County Road 9. Turn north (left) and go two miles to the parking lot on west (left) at the Civic Center.
–Spicer: At the junction of Highway 23 and County Road 10. Parking lot is west off 23.
–New London: One mile northeast of Main Street and County Road 31, at the intersection of River View Lane.
–Hawick: North side of town, at the intersection of Highway 23 and County Road 2.
Restrooms facilities are provided along the trail at these points:
-Sibley State Park campgrounds and interpretive center
-City of Spicer, Green Lake Public Water Access
-Nest Lake Public Water Access
-Long Lake Public Water Access
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