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Great Northern Trail

Admission Fee



  1. Bike Trail
  2. Bird watching
  3. Trails
  4. Wildlife Viewing

The Great Northern Trail is a newly expanded paved surface popular for biking, inline skating and walking.  The paved length extends 8.5 miles from the south end in Elk River to Lion’s Park in Zimmerman and is only the start of a vision to complete trail construction on the entirety of the original 30 mile historic railroad bed where it would terminate in Milaca.  Partners have been working together to solicit input on the future expansion and plan according to community needs.

Parking for the paved portion is provided in 4 locations.

Extending the Great Northern Trail!

Great Northern Trail Partners recently facilitated a Public Engagement Process to get community feedback on trail alignment options for extending the trail north of Zimmerman.  Partners include: Sherburne & Mille Lacs Counties and the Cities of Elk River, Zimmerman and Princeton.  The public engagement effort included an in person event and online survey.  More Information....