Meet a Friends Group

Friends of the Casey Jones Trail

pinpointing Casey Jones State Trail on Minnesota


Advocate for the continued development of the trail.

Friends Since

Groundwork for the group laid in 1993, but officially becomes a nonprofit in 2002

Trail’s Namesake

Casey Jones was railroad engineer who died while heroically trying to stop an out-of-control train in 1900. He was immortalized in a ballad, later made popular by Johnny Cash. The railroad segment that the trail runs on was commonly known as the Casey Jones unit.

Group shot of Friends of Casey Jones
Group shot of Friends of Casey Jones at 2013 meeting
Mural painting on a trail sign for Currie Loop of Casey Jones Trail
The Friends helped create artistic signs along the trail
Farm in distance with trail in front
Farms dot the landscape along the Casey Jones
Logo for Friends of Casey Jones Trail
Puffy clouds and trail through grassy hill
Prairie lands along the Casey Jones State Trail

More about these Friends

February 1, 2016

Rep. Schomacker receives legislator of distinction award

District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker was honored Feb. 24 as a Legislator of Distinction by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota ...
October 1, 2013

Persistence in fulfilling the vision for a trail in southwestern ...

Fast forward 46 years and you may be surprised to see that only 11 miles of the 110-mile trail corridor for the Casey Jones ...
Casey Jones State Trail sign for Currie Loop
grassy trail
Unpaved segment of Casey Jones State Trail leading to the land we helped acquire for the trailhead in 2015.

Our Partner Land Project

Project Year


Land we helped save for the trail

0.58 Acres for a trail head in Lake Wilson

View the Land Project