October 22, 2020

Goodhue Pioneer: Trail acquisition and development to close gap

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council’s 2020 Legislative Agenda.

2020 Legislative Summary

2020 Amount Requested2020 Amount Funded
$1.3 million$0

2020 Funding Source Sought

Seal of Minnesota
General Obligation Bonds

Final Language in Law

Not passed.

Proposed Project Overview

Project funding will enable trail acquisition and development connecting Zumbrota and Goodhue to Red Wing and the Cannon Valley Trail.

This project is strategically located between the urban centers of Rochester and the Twin Cities and is in the heart of an emerging trail system. From Red Wing to Pine Island there are several campgrounds that connect with the Cannon Valley and Douglas trail systems. Each community along the trail has infrastructure amenities in place to serve visitors such as campgrounds, hotels, local parks, restaurants, pubs and unique shopping. Zumbrota is home to the only remaining covered bridge in Minnesota and is becoming a destination for arts aficionados. Used by hikers and bikers in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter, the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail is a recreational paradise for those wanting to experience the splendors of SE Minnesota. Funding for this project is critical for connecting the northern and southern segments of the trail. The trail passes through a mix of prairies, maple and basswood forests, and oak savanna, and allows glimpses of a variety of wildlife including deer, fox, turkey, beavers, and pheasants.

Project Support

Grassroots initiative in partnership with Goodhue Pioneer Trail Association.

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