Dogs living in Minneapolis are lucky to have access to the Luce Line State Trail. This old rail corridor served three different railroads before it became a pawsome trail in the 1970s. Now it is a woofderful path where dogs and people love to exercise.
The Luce Line Trail spans a whopping 63 miles. The
eastern trailhead is located in Plymouth. Parking can be found just off 10th
Avenue N and Vicksburg Lane. You and your doggo pawbably won’t be traveling the
entire distance, so it’s a good thing there are eight different parking
locations and various access points along the way. The 30 miles of trail
between Plymouth and Winsted has a limestone surface. From Winsted to Hutchinson, the trail is paved. The section from Hutchinson to Cedar Mills is crushed
granite. The last leg from Cedar Mills
to Cosmos is mowed grass.
Parts of the trail run through beautiful countryside. As
your furry friend trots along the trail, they can check out the serene scenery
and let their thoughts wander. On the eastern end of the trial, there are
woodlands that are chock full of sugar maple and basswood, and a variety of
lovely shrubs. The land around the trail is home to deer, fox, owls,
and mink. If you see an animal, make sure your doggo minds their manners.
Restrooms are scattered along the way. There are also a
few picnic tables available, so bring a sandwich and enjoy your lunch al
fresco. Be sure to fill up your water
bottles before leaving home and have plenty of H2O to share with your pooch.
Bring some clean up bags and always pick up after your beloved pet. No bones about,
a walk on the Luce Line Trail will make your pup one happy hound!