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The Casey Jones State Trail is named after the famed railroad engineer Casey Jones, who died in a railroad accident in 1900, and was immortalized in a famed, well-known ballad. The trail was one of the first state trails authorized by the state of Minnesota when State Trail legislation was passed in the late 1960s.

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using the trail

The trail consists of three main sections, not yet connected to one another:

  1. Thirteen miles between the city of the Pipestone and the Pipestone/Murray County line. Five miles of that section are paved, from a trailhead in the city of Pipestone to County Highway 16. There is a naturally-surfaced trail parallel to the paved section for horse, mountain bike and snowmobile use.

  2. A naturally-surfaced segment runs from two and a half miles west of Lake Wilson into the city of Lake Wilson.

  3. A six mile, paved loop between Lake Shetek State Park and the city of Currie.

Horseback riding is not permitted on the paved sections of the trail.

Motorized vehicles, other than snowmobiles, are not allowed on any portion of the trail.

Parking is available at the following locations:

  • In Pipestone, off Highway 23 at the trailhead

  • At the community park in Woodstock

  • At the community park in Lake Wilson

  • In Currie, at the End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum

  • In Lake Shetek State Park

Please call 911 to report any emergencies on the trail.


Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website for a map and additional information on using the Casey Jones State Trail: www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/casey_jones.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 17:07