Blazing Star State Trail


Quoted from DNR:

The Blazing Star State Trail is paved and runs from Albert Lea Lake in Albert Lea to Myre-Big Island State Park, a distance of approximately six miles. When completed, the Blazing Star State Trail will be approximately 20 miles long and connect Albert Lea and Austin via Big Island State Park and Hayward. The trail currently connects to Albert Lea's city trail system and will eventually connect to Austin's city trail system as well the Shooting Star State Trail.

Trail users will enjoy views of rural landscapes along the entire trail. Big Island State Park affords the opportunity to experience a diversity of natural environments including wetlands, oak savanna, big woods and prairie. The park is considered one of the many good birding spots in southern Minnesota, especially during spring and fall migration.