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“Love it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Red Jacket Trail

Red Jacket Trail
Mankato, MN
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Mankato
Type: Biking Trails, Sports
Activities: Biking
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Owner description: A 13-mile bike trail going from Mankato to Rapidan.
New Ulm, MN
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68 reviews 68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We love the Red Jacket bike trail. Park in the West High School lot on the weekends and head out to Rapidan. The Dam Store has great home made pie. The ride back to Mankato in down hill much of the way.

Visited October 2013
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Eagan, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Nice ride!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Rode the trail from Downtown Mankato to Rapidan Dam. The first portion along the river was in pretty tough shape but once we got past the high school, the trail greatly improved. The tree lined portions of the trail was very nice and shaded. Pavement was in generally good shape and certainly smooth for riding The trail from Rapidan out to the Dam was along two low traffic county roads, each with ample shoulder space. Be sure to arrive at the Dam Store with a full appetite as the serve great homemade burgers and pie! The park below the trestle bridge is worth a quick stop for a few pics and water refill.

Visited August 2013
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Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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25 attraction reviews
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“Red Jacket Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a very nice trail for hiking or biking. It follows an old railroad line. It also joins up with the Sakatah Trail and the South Trail. Many miles of scenery, river crossings, picnic areas and parking at various intervals on the trail. This trail system if full of Geocaches. I'm not sure how the Green Giant photo connects with this trail. The Green Giant is in a small town about 45 miles south of Mankato, MN off I90.

Visited June 2013
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Mankato, Minnesota
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“After burning all those calories. . .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

. . .you deserve a stop at the Dam Store. It's only a couple of miles to the west of the town of Rapidan and on the west side of the dam.

You'll think it's a bait shop and if it's busy you may have to wait for a place to sit or take your order outdoors. But if you miss it you'll be missing one of the best pieces of pie in MN.

They make a mean thick chocolate malt and a decent, old-fashioned hamburger and potato salad as well.

Visited September 2012
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Mankato
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6 attraction reviews
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“Peaceful walk through the woods”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My husband and I walk about 3 miles a day and do various "legs" of the trail. We have seen many deer and a variety of birds and depending on which leg of the trail, many people. The part closest to Mankato's YMCA is usually busy with dog-walkers and people with strollers but the further away you get, the less crowded. It is beautiful each season and a nice place to walk and reflect on "whatever".

Visited November 2012
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