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Central Lakes Trail

206 N. Broadway, Alexandria, MN 56308
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Ranked #2 of 17 attractions in Alexandria
Type: Trails, Biking Trails
Activities: Biking
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This former railroad trail has gradual grades and a good surface. There are several places in and near Alexandria to park your vehicle : 1. In Alexandria, near Big Ole Central Park on 2nd Ave. and Broadway. Summer Saturdays you will find a farmer's market there too. 2. West of Alexandria on W. Lake Cowdry Road NW, turn off of... More

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103 reviews 103 reviews
21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This bike trail is fun, and the traffic shows it. Head west with a little challenge and lots of lake views. Head east for fewer hills but lots of interesting sights. Because it goes through several small towns so a short stop or lunch is possible. Toilets and rest areas abound. Some groups of teenagers hanging west of town pose... More

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Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The trail is a wonderful place for all ages who are ready to see the country side :) with lakes, bridges, wildlife, great sunsets....the trail is wonderful! but do not have the expectation of being there alone :) ther are times it is very full just think you can meet new friends:) so enjoy!!!

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Pleasanton, California
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216 reviews 216 reviews
125 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We came from California and took a random stop at a random Tripadvisor attraction along the way which happened to be this trail. It was freezing cold and we were not sure what to expect and it turned out to be a great experience. It's just a few minutes off the highway, has a nice parking lot by the viking... More

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Osakis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We live in Osakis, MN and enjoy the beauty of this trail throughout the year. This is a dual trail system being used in the Spring/Summer/Fall for cycling, rollerblading, roller skis, walking/running/hiking, and in the Winter for snowmobiles. It is extremely well maintained and groomed. Slight grades. Constantly changing view along each segment will find you passing through small towns... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This trail is great. It is 14 feet wide so there is lots of room for walkers and cyclists. We rode from Alexandria to a few miles past Osakis. The scenery is great all along the trail.

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Alexandria, Minnesota
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Love the bike trail! It winds through the lakes, with lots of nature to see! If you are visiting without your bike, it's a great place to walk too.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We enjoyed the well maintained, paved trail through and around Alexandria. As novice bikers, we appreciated the generally flat trail, the easy to read mile markers and the plentiful afternoon shade. The trail made biking an enjoyable way to get our exercise while on vacation.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This trail is perfectly maintained for road biking! My husband and I have ridden from Osakis to Ashby and the entire trail is smooth, with only a few well-patched cracks in the pavement. There's a good mix of shade and sun in the mornings and later afternoon, but during mid-day, the sun can be pretty intense on some stretches. Also... More

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Alexandria, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

great trail goes through many towns and beautiful scenic route. All paved running along central MN. Many rest areas. Takes you back to nature.

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