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Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail

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Support the continued development of the Mill Towns State Trail.

Friends Since


Newly constructed pedestrian bridge
The Mill Towns State Trail bridge at Lake Byllesby was constructed in 2015
Group wearing Friends of Mill Towns shirts with Rep. Bly
Friends of Mill Towns Trail meet with Rep. Bly (DFL, Northfield)
Bicyclists on new bridge
Peggy Prowe, a member of Friends of Mill Towns bikes on the trail bridge in Northfield named in her honor

News from the Friends

Mill Towns State Trail - Byllesby Bridge
Bridge crossing the Cannon River near Lake Byllesby

Our Partner Land Project

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota works to acquire critical land for parks and trails, often partnering with Friends Groups to support this effort.

We are honored to have worked with Sibley State Park Improvement Association on several land acquisitions over the years.

See our project tour for Mill Towns State Trail

Our Related Advocacy Work

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is a strong voice at the state capital working to ensure Minnesota’s parks and trails are protected and cared for. We work with friends groups to identify critical projects that need government support.


Boy biking trail through grasslands

Mill Towns: trail development

Mill Towns: trail development
This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$500,000TBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Proposed Project ...


boy biycling along trail

Mill Towns: trail development

Mill Towns: trail development

For acquisition and design of the Mill Towns State Trail between the cities of Faribault and Waterford.


Great River Ridge State Trail

Bonding Bill

Bonding Bill
The final piece of the 2017 budget agreement was a $988 million bonding bill (HF 5), which passed in the wee hours on the last day of session. The bonding bill funds building and infrastructure projects, including park and trail projects. Specifically, the bill includes: ...

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