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.

Trail Closure Notice: As construction continues to clear trees for the new road entrance to Oxbow Park, the Yeager Trail and Nature Trail are closed until further notice

      Oxbow Park Hiking Trails 

   Chester Woods Trails

      Root River Trail


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

Oxbow Park Ski Trails - Groomed - 2 miles - Rated: Easy Oxbow Ski Trail 

Chester Woods Ski Trails - Groomed - 5.2 miles - Rated: Moderate Chester Woods Ski Trail 

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