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Admission Fee

Free – Donations Accepted


  1. Bird Watching
  2. Dog Waste Station
  3. Parking
  4. Scenic Views
  5. Skiing - Cross Country
  6. Trail - Paved

Park Map

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Park Info

12495 Elk Lake Road - An abandoned railroad grade, is a paved trail that runs from County Road 1 on the south end to the northern city limits, approximately 4.75 miles.

A pedestrian tunnel exists under County Road 33 to allow unimpeded travel of the 4.5 mile trial though Elk River.

The trail is a part of and also has access to Woodland Trails Regional Park, a beautiful 427-acre park with dense woods, prairies, and wetlands. The park offers many paved and unpaved trails for year-round uses such as biking, hiking, and skiing.

The trail also offers a connection to Proctor Road to the east via “Top of the World” trails. These trails are not paved and are for hiking only.