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“Scenic trail, varied landscape,”

Central Lakes Trail
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
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Alexandria, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Scenic trail, varied landscape,”
Reviewed 15 May 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 some harassment but usually enough others around. Nice if there were some enforcement though, not sure I would head east alone.

Visited October 2013
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Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Walk, ride, run,enjoy :)”
Reviewed 6 March 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!!!




Visited October 2013
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Pleasanton, California
Level 6 Contributor
902 reviews
628 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 723 helpful votes
“Surprisingly, worked well at 24F”
Reviewed 28 November 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 statue (I guess the main value of that status is to help finding the parking lot location), walked along the trail for a bit, then just got on the ice of the frozen lake. That was a lot of fun, the ice was smooth and thick, so we could push each other and slide - that was great!

I guess for the locals it's something they got used to, but to us it was a highlight of the day.

Great place!

Visited November 2013
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North Branch, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“An All Season Trail Experience”
Reviewed 15 October 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 where you can take a break and eat, shop and/or rest in local venues.

You'll pass through expansive farm fields, see beautiful golf courses, lakes, and the occasional harmless critter.

... Don't forget your camera!

Visited October 2013
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Omaha, Nebraska
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great trail!”
Reviewed 9 September 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.

Visited September 2013
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