Owatonna’s multiple-use trail system has been created to provide a variety of recreational opportunities for city residents and visitors. To make sure the trail system is a safe and fun place for all users, please follow the rules of the road.
- Stay as near to the right side of the trail as you can while traveling safely.
- Travel in a consistent and predictable manner.
- Cyclists and in-line skaters should pass on the left when going by others moving in the same direction. Please look ahead and back to make sure the lane is clear before you pull out to pass.
- Cyclists and in-line skaters should give a warning signal by voice, bell or horn before passing.
- Yield when entering/crossing trails or roadways.
- When traveling in a group, please use only half the trail, so you won’t block the traffic flow.
- Pets must be on a leash. You are responsible for cleaning up after you pets. Dispensers with “pooper-scoopers” are available on each trail.
- This is a recreational trail only. Cyclists and in-line skaters must not race or use excessive speed.
Buxton Trail – Map
The Buxton Trail begins at North Street, traveling adjacent to Maple Creek and winding its way through Dartts Park, Brooktree Golf Course and Mineral Springs Park, before reaching its conclusion on the city’s eastern edge. The Buxton Trail, dedicated in 1998 recognizes the contributions and success of three generations of Buxtons, men who devoted their lives and careers to building a substantial national
Cashman Crossing – Map
The Cashman Crossing of the Straight River was
Kaplan’s Woods Parkway – Map
Kaplan’s Woods Parkway offers a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities including cycling, in-line skating, swimming, fishing, cross-country skiing and nature walks. This 225-acre park was dedicated in 1987. Formerly Kaplan’s Woods State Park, the area was acquired by the City in 1963. As a result of the generosity of the Owatonna Foundation as well as contributions from the U.S. Department of Interior Land and Water Conservation Fund and the State of Minnesota, this natural area is preserved for you.
Muckle Trail – Map
The Muckle Trail was named in 1998 in honor of Stan Muckle, a successful Owatonna business owner who generously bequeathed $600,000 to the Owatonna Foundation for aacquisition and development of parks. The Muckle Trail runs along the Straight River in the heart of Owatonna, connecting Morehouse Park to the Buxton Trail. In 1992, the Bridge Street underpass and horseshoe shaped turn was gift from Mr. Muckle in memory of his wife, Doretta. His generosity made possible the safe passage of trail-users via a handicapped-accessible walkway from the sidewalk at Bridge Street to the underpass area. It also provided for a beautiful display of annuals and perennials. In 1996, the City of Owatonna developed another .79 miles of trail from Walnut Avenue to North Street, completing the Muckle Trail.
Cross Country Ski Trails
The Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department maintains and grooms
Kaplan’s Woods Parkway – from Morehouse Park through Kaplan’s Woods and into the County
Brooktree Golf Course - 2 miles
Sidewalk and Trail Plan