Luce Line State Trail

The Luce Line State Trail is a 63 mile long former railroad grade which is developed for biking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and skiing. The limestone surfaced trail runs from Plymouth 30 miles west to Winsted, with a parallel treadway for horseback riding. From Winsted to Hutchinson, the trail is gravel, from Hutchinson to Cedar Mills it is crushed granite and Cedar Mills to Cosmos it is Natural (mowed grass). Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail west of Stubb's Bay Road.

Luce Line State Trail location

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Events

01/02/15

Luce Line State Trail

Luce Line State Trail Candlelight Walk

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Landscape

Stretching across the varied landscapes of metropolitan and rural Minnesota, the Luce Line is a preserved strip of countryside alive with many varieties of plants and animals. In the east the influence is woodland, a carry-over from the Big Woods that once occupied the area. Rolling stands of sugar maple and basswood, along with many colorful forest floor ground-cover plants can be found here. From Hutchinson westward, the Big Woods gives way to remnants of the tall-grass prairie, with many prairie plants still visible.

Wildlife inhabitants range from deer, fox and mink to owls and pheasant. Many adjacent lakes also support ducks and geese. The Luce Line is truly like a jaunt down a quiet country road.

Permits

You will need a horse pass if you will be horseback riding, a ski pass for cross-country skiing, and a snowmobile state trail sticker for snowmobiling. No other fees or passes are required to use the trail.

 

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • In the area
  • Etiquette
  • Winter

Parking

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!

Parking is available at the following trail accesses:

  • Cedar Mills: Parking lot located on the south side of Hwy 7, east of the grain elevator.
  • Cosmos: Thompson Park offers parking, 252nd Avenue and within Cosmos (on road).
  • County Road 92: along the road Lyndale.
  • County Road 127, south of County Road 20, Caver County.
  • Highway 100: just outside of Maple Plain.
  • Hutchinson: Parking is available at the Odd Fellow’s Park (west side of town). Parking is available at the intersection of 4th Ave NE and Arch Street and also within the city.
  • Long Lake: off Stubbs Bay Road.
  • Plymouth: off of 10th Ave. No. and Vicksburg Lane.
  • Silver Lake: Parking area is located on north side of Highway 7 at Park Avenue.
  • Watertown: within the town.
  • Vega Ave.: just west of of Watertown.
  • Winsted: Trail parking is available on Babcock Ave/County Road 1 and Kingsley St/County Road 9 (on road).

Restrooms

Restroom facilities are provided along the trail at these points:

  • Highway 101
  • Willow Drive
  • County Road 92
  • Old Long Lake Road
  • Other adjacent city and regional parks along the trail.

In the area

Nearby DNR recreational areas include:

State Recreation Area

State Trails

State Water Trails

Scientific and Natural Areas

Other nearby recreational opportunities

  • Baker Park Reserve This link leads to an external site.- camping, Parker's Lake City Park - swimming, picnic area, Swan Lake County Park - pier fishing.

The following link will take you off the DNR website.


Explore Minnesota Tourism This link leads to an external site.

This link leads to Explore Minnesota Tourism's website.

Trail etiquette

All users must yield to horses. Stop and dismount if requested.

  • Stay on the trail.
  • Keep to the right.
  • All pets must be on a leash.
  • Clean up all pet waste.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Respect private property adjacent to the trail.
  • Camping and campfires are not permitted on the Luce Line State Trail.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
  • Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000 apply on the Luce Line State Trail.

Winter use

Cross-country skiiers will need a ski pass. Skiing is suggested between Vickburg Lane and Stubb's Bay Road. Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail west of Stubb’s Bay Road but are prohibited between Vicksburg Lane and Stubbs Bay Road. Be aware of local speed limit restrictions. You will need a snowmobile state trail sticker for snowmobiling. Learn more about snowmobiling in Minnesota and don't miss the interactive snowmobile trails map.