The Douglas State Trail offers a good opportunity for a longer off-road run in the Rochester area. The paved multi-use trail follows an old rail line between Rochester and Pine Island. The landscape is fairly diverse, combining farmland, fields, and forest. The length of the official Douglas State Trail is 12.5 miles, but one can start at the north end of Cascade Lake as the Douglas Trail, for an overall length of 15.2 miles.
The southern end, and the closest to Rochester, is a connection at Cascade Lake. Run north for as many miles as you like. It’s There are three trailheads with parking and restrooms. Some distances, from south to north:
- 2.8 miles: Southern Trailhead at Valleyhigh Dr.
- 7.0 miles: Douglas Trailhead
- 15.2 miles: Pine Island Trailhead at Center Dr.
Add-On: At the southern end, enjoy the 2.2 mile loop around Cascade Lake.
- Up to 15.2 miles (24.5 km) one-way
- Quite flat
- Southern end is at Cascade Lake. Or other point along the trail
- There are three trailheads with parking and restrooms. Southern trailhead is at Valleyhigh Dr.