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Cannon Falls/Red Wing 1  Cannon Valley Trail    30m       507-263-0508
  There is a trail fee, referred to as a 'Wheel Pass'. Check their web site for details. 
Fountain/Rushford 2  Root River State Trail    42mi      
  Gentle downhill grade from Fountain to Lanesboro, then mostly flat. Pros: Home-made root beer and brats at Das Wurst House (Lanesboro); beautiful scenery and old towns. Cons: Weekends can be pretty busy. 
Mankato 3  Red Jacket Trail    6m      
  Starts at the Mankato YMCA and heads northeast through quiet neighborhoods. Once you're out of town the Red Jacket climbs gradually about six miles to Rapidan. Trail gets more smooth as you leave town. (Submitted by Brian Koeneman) Pros: Absolutely no traffic. Smooth, safe, and scenic. At mile 4 the trail passes over a tressle bridge with a great view. Miles 3 to 6 are under the trees. No fees. Cons: It's only 6 miles (12 round trip). 
Mankato 4  Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail    65K      
  Starts on north end of Mankato near HWY 14 and 22. Heads Northwest for about 40 miles to Faribault. Mostly flat and open. Good safe trail. (Submitted by Brian Koeneman) Pros: Safe and lightly travelled. Services available in Elysian, Waterville, Madison Lake. Trail travels thru State Park forest area near Waterville. Goes all the way to Faribault. Cons: Exposed to wind. A few gravel road crossings. 
Northfield 5  Wind Turbine Loop    8mi      
  A beautiful, rolling loop just east of Northfield. Several hills vary in length and steepness, but all are fun to climb and descend. Skiing at a good aerobic pace, the route takes about 45 minutes. The route is the rectangle formed by Woodley St. E. (aka 100th St. E and C.R 28) on the south, Kane Ave. (aka C.R. 42) on the east, 90th St. E (aka Wall Street Road) on the north (where you'll pass by Carleton College's amazing wind turbine), and Spring Creek Road on the west. Easy parking available in the subdivision just off Spring Creek. Stop in downtown Northfield (1 mile west) afterwards. Pros: Good road surfaces and soft shoulders; little traffic; great rural scenery; some decent hills with good climbs and nice descents. Cons: Traffic can pass at high speeds (though you always get wide berths); turkey farms are smelly. (Submitted by Christopher Tassava) 
Owatonna 6  Kaplan's Woods Parkway    10k      
  The trail follows the river in town. Paved and pretty flat, however very scenic and provides a good workout. (Submitted by Bill Kryshak) 
Rochester 7  Rochester Area Routes         
  (Submitted by Michael O'Conner / RASC) 

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