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Admission Fee

Free – Donations Accepted


  1. Bird Watching
  2. Dog Waste Station
  3. Parking
  4. Scenic Views
  5. Skiing - Cross Country
  6. Trail - Paved

Park Map

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Park Info

12495 Elk Lake Road - An abandoned railroad grade, is a paved trail that runs from County Road 1 on the south end to the northern city limits, approximately 4.75 miles.

A pedestrian tunnel exists under County Road 33 to allow unimpeded travel of the 4.5 mile trail though Elk River.

The trail is a part of and also has access to Woodland Trails Regional Park, a beautiful 427-acre park with dense woods, prairies, and wetlands. The park offers many paved and unpaved trails for year-round uses such as biking, hiking, and skiing.

The trail also offers a connection to Proctor Road to the east via “Top of the World” trails. These trails are not paved and are for hiking only.

Portion of Trail CLOSED November 4-12, 2023

A portion of the Great Northern Trail will be closed starting November 4-12 in 2023, during firearm deer hunting season to ensure the safety of trail users. The trail closure area is from 217th Avenue, north to the Elk River city limits. 

The closure will be marked with signs, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.