A new segment of the Luce Line State Trail is now open and connects the city of Winsted with a continuous paved surface to Silver Lake and Hutchinson, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Trail users may see intermittent closures as contractors perform finish work like grass seeding and bench installations.
“We’re very happy to see this key segment completed,” said DNR trail development specialist Kristy Rice. “We believe our trail users will be excited to now have 50 miles of contiguous developed trail to enjoy.”
The new segment in Winsted connects the Luce Line State Trail from Plymouth to Cedar Mills.
“We’re very grateful for our local partners that helped make this happen,” said Rice. “This entire trail has been made possible by local support, and this 1-mile segment in Winsted was no different.”
Contractors also replaced three culverts along other portions of the trail to provide better drainage.
The Luce Line State Trail now has 50 miles developed of its 63 total trail miles, which consists of former railroad grade. The eastern segment between Plymouth and Winsted has a crushed limestone surface. The western segment from Winsted to just west of Hutchinson is paved. The portion between Hutchinson and Cedar Mills has a base of crushed granite. From Cedar Mills to Cosmos the trail is a natural mowed grass surface.
The Luce Line provides views of varied landscapes from remnants of the Big Woods along the eastern segment to prairie in the western portion.
A trail map and additional information is available at mndnr.gov/luceline.