Red Jacket Trail

Red Jacket Trail, Mankato: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Red Jacket Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Red Jacket Trail
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A 13-mile bike trail going from Mankato to Rapidan.
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Roon87
North Mankato, MN23 contributions
Feels like Lanesboro!
Oct 2019
The trail paved all the way from downtown to Rapidan and just like the ones near Lanesboro, MN! One of the greatest things to do in Mankato, be sure to bring your own bike, rent from one of the outfitters (Gabe at Nicolet Bike Shop is Irish and will help out) in town, or just walk which is an excellent option as well. Also, be sure to ask somebody who Joe is on your journey.
Written January 10, 2020
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Paula D
Bradenton, FL78 contributions
Very Scenic Trail
Aug 2019 • Couples
Excellent trail for walking, hiking and biking. Easy access and challenging in places. Very safe and picturesque. Great for all ages. Dogs required on leashes.
Written August 18, 2019
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E B
11 contributions
Great walk except fior the bikes
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is a great walk almost ruined by entitled cyclists especially those with families in tow who can be aggressive to walkers. There seem to be more cyclists than walkers. So if you like being yelled out a lot while walking through nature... On the upside it's a great place to see dogs being walked. It is safe other than the bikes. Tick/ bug spray is a must.
Written June 6, 2019
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SDakotarose
Canistota, SD22 contributions
Great ride
May 2019 • Family
Enjoyed the section of trail that we rode on, very scenic and wooded. Would like to see better signage ON the trail to know where the different forks lead to, and how far one would travel to reach a certain point.
Written May 19, 2019
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MN_lolly
Mankato, MN25 contributions
enjoying nature
Sep 2018
Nice trail and a get away from the traffic in the city. Can be used in the winter for cross country skiing and during the other three seasons for hiking. There is also a place available at the lower part for a picnic.
Written March 24, 2019
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dctravel1
Saint Louis, MO3 contributions
Running the red jacket...it doesn’t get much better than this
Sep 2018 • Solo
So I’m up in the Mankato area annually around the end of September (3 years running, now), and I found this trail the first time I was here. I pick it up at the YMCA in Mankato. You can park at the HS, the Y, or the Cub Foods.

I’ve been running for a decade or so, and I’ve never really gotten the oft-mentioned “runner’s high” (so why am I running? Good question). The RJT, though, gave me my first brush with it.

The highlight is hitting the RR trestle over the fast-flowing Blue Earth River...but I’ll get to that. Hang in there.

Highlight of this well-paved, well maintained trail is the RR trestle over the fast-flowing Blue Earth River.

So you’ll start out at the Y (park there or at Cub Food or the HS) and run about a mile through some neighborhoods. The run’s ok at this stage, but you’re saying to yourself, “this isn’t so special, and why won’t this Kato couple with the dog move over?” Then it begins to get a bit woodsier. You’re running a bit uphill for this part, but it’s not bad. At about the 2 mile mark, you come to a ski mountain— really. It’s the world renowned Mount Kato (clever, ski hill founders). Skiers flock here from all corners of the globe...well, at least from the surrounding 5-mile area. There’s actually a Mount Kato ski team. It looks like about a 200 foot vertical, if I had to guess. I shouldn’t dis it, though, it’s better for kids than hanging out at the mall. Anyway, apologies for the tangent. Back to the review...

Once you’re past Mt Kato, you head down then up for 2 miles, and then hit the aforementioned RJT highlight — the bridge spans the Blue Earth River, which rushes by about 80 feet (who knows, it could be 50) below. The first time I ran here, I emerged from the woods, and it was a sunny, crisp Fall morning. Hitting that bridge was just awesome...sunlight sparkling off the river...cliffs rising sharply from the water...you’ll remember this, as I have. Onwards.

After the river, you continue slightly uphill for another 2 miles until you reach the end (or the start, if you are a Rapidanian) of the RJT. That stretch heads through the forest, which has gotten thicker at this point. Apparently, there’s some wildlife here (giraffes?), but I didn’t see anything too remarkable.

At the end of the RJT, you hit the town of Rapidan (ah, there’s the reference). If you’re trying to turn this into a half marathon, wander through the corn fields and neighborhoods for a mile before heading back. Private Property, No Trespassing signs around — those can be fun to explore.

So then you head back towards Mankato. As mentioned earlier, there’s a bit of an incline on the first 6.miles; hence, miles 7-13 could propel you towards some neg splits, if you are so inclined (declined?). At mile 9, you should happen upon my favorite spot, once again. Past Mount K...through town...back to the Y. Your run’s over. Well done.
Written September 29, 2018
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Zachd
47 contributions
Cool
May 2018 • Friends
Trail is good. There was water and bike fix stations along the way. Also have small parks along the way if you need a break.
Written September 17, 2018
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cynsha
Mankato, MN413 contributions
Bike or walk it. Either way, it is a beautiful sight-seeing adventure.
Aug 2018 • Couples
If you're staying in the city of Mankato, you can hop on the trail system virtually anywhere in town. The Red Jacket Trail is very popular as it has a lot of nature to see along the way, including the famous Red Jacket Trestle Bridge, an old railroad bridge built in 1874. There is a park near the bridge with open areas to relax, picnic, and play, and the bridge overlooks an expansive river ravine. There's a small boat launch for canoes. Ride the trail for about 2 miles and you'll come to the Rapidan Dam, an actual working dam, which has camping and picnicking nearby, and be sure to stop at the Rapidan Dam Store for a tasty burger, shake and homemade pie!
Written August 6, 2018
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cincyr0
Burlington, ND27 contributions
Beautiful area to bike or hike...
Apr 2018 • Solo
We took an hour hike on this trail and enjoyed th scenery. It was a nice area and we would bring our bikes next time.
Written June 21, 2018
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A3236APmarkw
Mankato, MN62 contributions
Running Trail is great.
Aug 2017 • Couples
My wife and I do 3 to 3.5 mile runs on this trail. People are always courteous including the cyclists that ride the trail. We start at the Y and turnaround just before Mt. Kato. The trail is much longer for serious runners and cyclists. The mile markers are relatively accurate.
Written November 10, 2017
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