One of the many delights of Olmsted County Parks is the trail system available for hikers to get exercise. You will find fresh air, the beauty of the trees, and the animals that live in Southern Minnesota.  Chester Woods Park, Root River Park, and Oxbow Park offer you a great opportunity to hike.

Oxbow Park Hiking Trails (145KB) 

Chester Woods Trails (205KB)

Root River Trail (722KB)


During the Winter, Chester Woods Park and Oxbow Park offer cross country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed trails.  The trail at Root River Park is not groomed.

Oxbow Park Ski Trails - Groomed - 2 miles - Rated: Easy Oxbow Ski Trail (145KB)

Chester Woods Ski Trails - Groomed - 5.2 miles - Rated: Moderate Chester Woods Ski Trail (523KB)

Root River Ski Trail - Ungroomed - 2 miles - Not Rated.

Please visit Oxbow Park, Chester Woods Park, or Root River Park for more information.

Grooming information may be found at the following sites.

Rochester Nordic Ski Trails on Facebook