Minnesota may not have many mountains, but it still offers lengthy trails that follow through the diverse areas that make up the state. One of the more popular walkways is the Lake Wobegon Trail, which offers a long trek through the area. The trail itself is popular thanks to its even asphalt trail, with minimal inclines and long width of 10 feet. The trail is a rail-trail that has been in use since 2002.
The trail extends over 49 miles starting in the town of Osakis. With gorgeous views of Lake Osakis, dogs and humans will travel through and out of the community to follow along wetlands, forests, and open prairies. The hike itself is pretty even and great for pups too, since the path is nice and smooth on their feet. There's a small gravel parking area along the beginning of the trail, but no amenities are present. After starting your hike, you'll find yourself visiting a number of places, including multiple communities, rivers, and other lakes.
The first place to stop and enjoy some water is the West Union 4H Park, which is in the town of West Union, 6 miles into the hike. There are water fountains and restrooms at the park, which is a dog-friendly area. Afterwards, you'll keep heading south and enjoy lots of open space with limited shade, but sights of wildlife like deer, groundhogs, chipmunks, and birds. The trail continues on past Albany and into the town of Saint Joseph where it ends along 12th Avenue Northeast.
Back in Albany, the trail branches off onto another leg that travels north. This branch offers more scenery since it travels past three different lakes and two rivers, including the Mississippi River. No matter which way you decide to follow, you'll be greeted with acres of gorgeous natural scenery and a peaceful walk for you and Fido to enjoy since the trail is lightly trafficked.