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New Hudson-area mountain bike trail promises to be among largest in region

3.5 miles of new mountain bike trail at Willow River State Park was funded in part by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Several miles of mountain bike trail were recently completed at Willow River State Park in Hudson, as reported by Matt McKinney in the Star Tribune. This is the first section of what is hoped to become one of the largest mountain bike trail networks in the area. After nine years of planning and thousands of volunteer hours, the trail is set to have its grand opening on October 9, 2021.

The project was included in the park’s master plan and the Wisconsin DNR greenlit the trails last year. Funding was provided by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the Friends of the Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks. The money covered design services by a professional company in the Twin Cities and rental of equipment. The project also called for the construction of about 600 feet of boardwalk to cross a wetland area.

Plans for the future include 15 miles of trail at Kinnickinnic State Park and 25 miles of trail at Willow River State Park to be built over the next three years.

Featured image by Jeremy Rauckman 2013.

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