There are three excellent riverside paths that are easily accessed from downtown Rochester, using Mayo Park and the pedestrian bridge as an anchor: south along the Bear Creek River; north along Silver Lake; and southwest along the South Fork River to Mayo Lake. This route details the Silver Lake trail.
This paved trail runs along Silver Lake for 2.3 miles north to the Rochester-Olmsted County Recreation Area. It’s a pleasant, scenic path, with nice views of the water and an especially pretty section in the area of Silver Lake Park, which is a popular spot for cycling and boat rentals. There’s also a public outdoor pool.
- Side Route: At N. Broadway Ave. (1.5 mile mark of our route), a side trail runs southwest along Cascade Creek for 1.6 miles to Kutzky Park.
Add-Ons: Can be combined with the other river trails accessible from downtown.
- Up to 2.3 miles (3.7 km) one-way; Side path to Kutzky Park adds 1.6 miles (2.6 km) one-way
- Downtown, at Mayo Park