Blazing Star State Trail begins construction in 2024

(ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced it will start the first phase of construction for the Blazing Star State Trail.

Work is set to start next month, with a new segment of the trail scheduled to open to the public in 2025.

Once completed, the trail will be around 20 miles long and will connect Albert Lea and Hayward.

A master plan for the trail includes plans to connect Austin as well — but work on that project has not been scheduled.

If you want to learn more, the DNR will be outlining the details at a meeting scheduled for Feb. 6, 2024 at the Edgewater Bay Pavilion.