Banner of prairie grass
May 30, 2018

Heartland: trail spur

Aerial shot of bikers on trail
Heartland State Trail
Jelieta Walinski, Ph.D/P&TC Photo Contest
Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda

Project Overview

For predesign and engineering of a 25-mile spur of the Heartland State Trail that will connect Itasca State Park to Park Rapids.

2018 Identified Need


Project Impact

The planned trail will be located primarily in county and state-owned lands, showcasing the abundant natural and cultural resources of the region. Future trail users will get to experience a working forest, open grassland, old-growth forest, wetlands, and lakes. The trail will increase outdoor opportunities for cyclists, walkers, snowmobilers, families and children, serving both area residents and tourists to the region.

Project Support

Grassroots initiative in partnership with Heartland Trail Association

Bill Status: Not Funded in 2018

  1. Bills (HF 2730 & SF 2543) introduced that appropriate $500,000 for predesign, design, and construction of an extension of the Heartland Trail from Itasca State Park to Park Rapids.
  2. Bills referred to committees.
  3. Bills not included in final bonding bill.

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RequestedAmount Funded

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