The Great River Ridge State Trail is an opportunity near Rochester for a longer off-road run. The trail runs from just north of Eyota (12 miles east of Rochester), northeast to Plainview, passing through Viola and Elgin. The surface is a combination of paved and crushed stone, and passes through a mainly agricultural landscape, with a couple of wooded sections at the northern end.
The southern trailhead, and the part closest to Rochester is off County Rd. 9 near County Rd. 42. Head north for as many miles as you like! Note: the terrain is quite open most of the way. Take water on a hot day!
- Up to 15.2 miles (24.5 km) one-way
- Quite flat
- South end trailhead off CR 9 or other access point
- Parking at southern trailhead at CR 9; There's also trailhead in Elgin on the south side of Main St. E; Northern trailhead is at Third St. S.W. in Plainview