Rules of the Trail
Please use common sense and be courteous to other trail users. This goes a long way, but the following excerpts from the Stearns County Trail Ordinance give some extra guidance
When on trail treadway, all trail users must stay on the right half of the trail treadway when meeting or being passed by another trail user. Please announce yourself by saying “Passing on your left!”
HUNTING WILL OCCUR DURING LEGAL SEASONS NEXT TO THE TRAIL. YOU ARE ADVISED TO WEAR BRIGHT CLOTHING DURING HUNTING SEASON.
CAMPING – Not allowed on the trail right of way, but campgrounds are available along the trail.
ENVIRONMENT – It is unlawful to injure or harm wildlife, property, ruins or plants within the trail corridor.
FIREARMS – Possession of all firearms and weapons is prohibited. Shooting into a trail from beyond its boundaries is prohibited.
FIRES – Fires are permitted at designated sites within portable grills when properly attended.
HORSES – Horses are not allowed on the trail corridor.
HOURS – The trail is open 24 hours a day except where cities designate other hours within their city limits. The trail may be closed by order of the Director.
LARGE GROUPS – A non-fee permit is required of organized groups containing 100 or more persons. Contact the Stearns County Park Department for information.
PEDDLING – Peddling and soliciting is prohibited.
PERMITS – Those claiming possession of a permit must be able to produce it upon request. Permits are obtainable through the Stearns County Park Department and will carry the stamp of the department.
PETS – Pets are allowed within the trail corridor when attended and effectively restrained by leash, not longer than six (6) feet. Pet owners are responsible cleaning any droppings left by their pet.
REFUSE – Refuse must be disposed of in designated receptacle, or if none is provided, the person that brought the item on the trail must haul it away for proper disposal.
SOUND EQUIPMENT – Use of stereos, amplifiers, and other electrical sound equipment will be allowed by permit only.
SNOWMOBILES Snowmobiles must stay on the treadway of the trail.
Maximum speed limit in cities is 30 mph unless posted otherwise
Maximum speed limit outside city limits is 50 mph
TRAFFIC – Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trail with the following exceptions: Government officials in performances of their duties, emergency service providers, and approved contractors.