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State of the Trails Report

The second edition of State of the Trails Report was released July 2019. The report analyzes data from all 22 paved state trails in Minnesota to assess the condition of the pavement and provides recommendations for keeping Minnesota State Trails in good condition going forward.

Our Key Findings:

  • Minnesota’s paved state trail system is in good condition. Our inventory found 75% of paved state trail miles are in either excellent or good condition.
  • Only 32 miles – 6% of the system – are in poor or very poor condition. The remaining 20% of the system – 121 miles – are in fair condition.
  • However, conditions declined since our 2016 State of the Trails Report. If current trends continue, we project the share of the paved state trail system in excellent or good condition will fall to 70% by 2023 and 50% by 2030.

Interactive Map of the Data

Past Reports

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2017

Our Key Findings:

  • 79% of state trail miles are in either excellent or good condition.
  • Only 26 miles of state trails are in poor condition, and 90 miles are in fair condition.
  • However, Minnesota State Trails are approaching a tipping point. Without adequate planning and funding, half the state trail system is at risk of being in poor or fair condition by 2023.
View full report (PDF)