Albany Trailhead of Lake Wobegon Trail

Trailhead for access to Lake Wobegon Trail in Albany MN

The trailhead is located at City Hall with lots of parking, restrooms and a picnic shelter as well. The Great River Regional Library is located in the City Hall building as well and has access to the internet. It's on the main street of Albany and there are serveral options for restaurants just across the street from the trail. The Albany Golf Course is located just south of the trail as well if you'd like to add a round of golf to your Lake Wobegon trail experience. It's one of the finest 18 hole courses in Central Minnesota and they provide rental clubs so you don't even need to bring your clubs!

Lake Wobegon Trail Detour effective Monday, July 22, 2019 Construction begins on Monday, July 22, 2019 on a culvert that runs under the Lake Wobegon Trail, north of Two Rivers Lake County Park, east of County Road 10. A detour of the trail will run along 390th Street. Signs are posted. The project is expected to be completed within a few weeks.

St. Joseph Trailhead of Lake Wobegon Trail

Lost glasses ... can you help?

Hello ... looking for some help for one of our Lake Wobegon Trail users. They are looking for a pair of glasses lost recently. . Below is the information that we received ... thanks for your help! Let me know if you find them or hear that someone did. Cliff 320-293-9364

My daughter lost her reading glasses while riding the trail on Sunday july 14th. They are white and black “Guess” brand with quite significant far sighted lenses. If anyone has turned in a pair, will you please contact me? Thank you in advance!

I had to ask my daughter, and she's not the best with details, but she said she "rode the trail from the College of St Ben's to about 6 miles past the left turn that would lead you to St John's and then back to St Ben's."
Laura Lott

The Lady Slippers are near the end of their bloom season ... so you better get out there in next couple days before they are gone for the season!

You can find them between miles 93 and 94.

See the picture below along with a copy of our Lady Slipper Brochure. You can also find the brochure on our website at under the Lady Slipper Ride information.

[03/27/19]   Hey everyone... we need your help! Please post trail conditions as you use the trail to help others know if the can use the trail for cycling and roller blading!

I've been getting calls, emails and texts asking about trail conditions... everyone is anxious to get out and use the trails!

Please share what the conditions are on the sections of the trail that you are using!

Thanks! Happy Trails!!

Cliff Borgerding
320 293 9364
[email protected]

Estates Bed & Breakfast in Saint Joseph, MN

Great addition to St Joe and to Lake Wobegon Trails Community! Wonderful place to stay and enjoy while experiencing the Lake Wobegon Trails!

Estates Bed & Breakfast in Saint Joseph, MN

[02/27/18]   Details regarding Dave Simpkin's Wake and Funeral. Dave was a great supporter of the Lake Wobegon Trails and served as the president of the Lake Wobegon Trails Association in the early 2000's Dave will be sorely missed by all who use the Lake Wobegon Trails!

RIP Dave and Happy Trails to you!


WAKE: 4-8 Thursday, March 1
First Lutheran Church of Sauk Centre
304 Elm Street South
Sauk Centre, Minn. 56378

FUNERAL: 10:30 Friday, March 2
Gathering of Family and Friends 9:30
First Lutheran Church of Sauk Centre
304 Elm Street South
Sauk Centre, Minn. 56378

BURIAL: 3:30, Friday, March 2
Folden Lutheran Church
18692 500th Ave.
Folden, Minn. 56588

Finding Minnesota: Lake Wobegon Trail Gallery

If you haven't seen Jack Even's Lake Wobegon Trail Gallery check out this piece of video from WCCO's Finding Minnesota! It's a great gallery and you can buy some really great artwork! It's located just north of the trail across the main street... Railroad Avenue in Albany Minnesota... at 431 Railroad Avenue. Jack is also one the people who was instrumental in getting the Lake Wobegon Trail built back in the 1990's along with his fellow Albany Jaycees!

Congratulations on the gallery Jack and thanks for all you've done for the Lake Wobegon Trails! Inside an old bank building in a small Minnesota town you can see the world through the eyes of Jack Evens, John Lauritsen reports (3:06). WCCO 4 News Weekends - Dec. 11, 2016

Albany Trailhead of Lake Wobegon Trail's cover photo

Lake Wobegon Trails Caramel Apple Ride

Hey ... Just a quick reminder to sign up for the Caramel Apple Ride! The ride is coming up on Saturday September 10th starting in Sauk Centre.

Here's a link to get more info and to register for the ride...

The ride is a fun ride from Sauk Centre to Melrose and Osakis. And of course all the rest stops will have ice water and fruit including caramel apple slices along with special Apple treats!

Come and enjoy the great weather and the beginning of the Fall color season in Central Minnesota! Fall is one of the best times to enjoy the Lake Wobegon Trail ... the weather is a little cooler and bugs are less active and of course the colors are spectacular with all the Summacs, Maples, Aspen, Ash, Birch, Oaks, etc providing a wonderful palette of colors to enjoy.

There's also lots to do in the area over the weekend....

Sauk Centre will be holding it's Grillin' 'n Chillin' event on Saturday afternoon with a BBQ contest, arts and crafts vendors and live music for your enjoyment. For details check out the website at:…/grillin-chillin-bbq-cook…

Osakis has their fall community festival happening all day. Activities in the Quilt's On The Trail event and Panther Distilleries "Moonshine Madness" promotion where you can sample Minnesota produced whiskey, gin and bourbon including "Minnesota 14" a successor to the original "Minnesota 13" whiskey made popular in Prohibition days in the 1920's. For more information go to the website at:

There's also an outdoor concert in Albany MN on Saturday with Country Music performer Jo Dee Messina along with several other performers. For more info go to

All in all it should be a great weekend in Lake Wobegon Trail Country so come join us and spend the weekend enjoying Fall in Central Minnesota!

Happy Trails!

Cliff Borgerding
Lake Wobegon Trails Association

[06/28/16]   Another great stop in Albany is the Dairy Queen! Or you have a root beer float the A&W!

Hey don't forget the 1st Annual Heritage Classic Ride in Albany this weekend! Fun casual ride as part of the weekend of festivities in Albany! Come enjoy the ride on the Lake Wobegon Trail!

Happy Trails! Cliff

Lake Wobegon Trails Caramel Roll Ride

It’s going to be a beautiful day for our 16th Annual Caramel Roll Ride! Come and join us for “a sweet roll on a sweet trail!”

We think it’s one of the best rides on one of the best trails in Minnesota! Join us for great ride and enjoy some of the best caramel rolls anywhere! We have the usual heathy rest stop staples … water and fruit … along with Caramel Rolls and Lemonade!

It doesn’t get much better than this… a fun ride… great trail … good sweet treats! That’s Lake Wobegon Trails Country hospitality for you!

Hope to see you there tomorrow… you can register at the event beginning at 8am at the Albany MN trailhead (400 Railroad Ave, Albany MN 56307)

For more details about the ride go to Online registrations closed last night at midnight but you register tomorrow morning and it’s going to be a beautiful day so come and enjoy the day!

Happy Trails! Cliff Official website for Lake Wobegon Trails Caramel Roll Ride held the 2nd Saturday of June, the first bike ride of the year and caramel rolls at every rest stop!

Lake Wobegon Trail | Trails and Conditions | Recreation | Stearns County, Minnesota

Just a reminder while this work is going on the trail is obviously closed to users... you will need to use the highway (County Road 157) parallel to the trail to ride from Albany to Freeport.

This is a very good blacktopped road but it does have a fair amount of traffic so be careful when riding... remember it's only for about a week that the trail will be closed.

The trail between Albany and Freeport should be open again by about Saturday May 24th +/- depending on the weather's effect on the work.

For all the cross country riders on the trail if you have any questions you can give me a call or emal me or you can check the Stearns County Parks website at for updates as well. I will try to give an update on Facebook every couple of days on the main page for the trail at

Cliff Borgerding
[email protected] The Lake Wobegon Trail was once an abandoned railroad corridor. The trail is used for biking, walking, and rollerblading in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. In Stearns County the trail runs from St. Joseph through Sauk Centre and goes north out of Albany through Holdingford.

[05/13/15]   I will provide more updates as the work progresses. Clif

Work has begun on the Albany to Freeport section of the trail. Stopped to see the work yesterday. It's really going to be nice to see it finished with a new surface... can't wait to ride it! Should be ready to ride by the end of next week.

One machine literally picks up the 4-5 inches of blacktop along with another 4-5 inches of substrate and grinds it all up into a fine grained base which it lays back down behind it. It looks like a coarse gravel material.

The a heavy packer follows up packing the material leaving a hard packed surface. Then next week they will lay down a couple layers of blacktop to create a wonderful new smooth surface for us to ride, skate and hike!

After 17 years we'll have a beautiful trail again! Should make for a great surface for the Caramel Roll Rdie this year! Can't wait to ride this new surface!


Lake Wobegon Trail | Trails and Conditions | Recreation | Stearns County, Minnesota

Just a reminder... maintenance on the trail will begin in May west of Albany to Freeport and north of Albany to Holdingford. Please check the county website at
for more details and updates on when & where work is being done.

Happy Trails! Cliff The Lake Wobegon Trail was once an abandoned railroad corridor. The trail is used for biking, walking, and rollerblading in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. In Stearns County the trail runs from St. Joseph through Sauk Centre and goes north out of Albany through Holdingford.

Ludwig Photography

Business news on the Lake Wobegon Trails!

Lake Wobegon Trails Gallery in Albany MN will be open to the public beginning Monday December 1st 2014.

Jack Evens has been working on creating the gallery in the building he purchased recently. Jack has had this gallery for several years located in Freeport in a unique old barn building located just off the Lake Wobegon Trail.

This new gallery location is next to his photography business, "Ludwig Photography" in Albany, Minnesota. I have had the opportunity to view this new gallery and I think it's a great new venue for artwork on the Lake Wobegon Trail.

Here's link to Google Maps with the location of the gallery at

Lake Wobegon Trails Gallery
431 Railroad Ave
Albany, MN 56307

If you're looking for a unique Christmas gift take a trip down to Albany and check out the products and artwork available at the Lake Wobegon Trail Gallery!

Here's a link to Jack's website:

(Please let Jack know that you saw the news about the gallery from the Lake Wobegon Trails Association!)

Cliff Borgerding
Lake Wobegon Trails Association

[email protected] 431 Railroad Ave, Albany, MN 56307

[06/12/14]   I am looking for volunteers to work the rest stop for the Caramel Roll Ride in Freeport and Melrose. 4 people in two shifts of 2 hours each would do it. Contact me if you can help

320-293-9364 or [email protected]

Lake Wobegon Trails Caramel Roll Ride

Saturday is the first big ride of the year on the trail. Come join us for the 15th Annual Caramel Roll Ride! Come hungry!

It starts right here at the Albany Trailhead of Lake Wobegon Trail! Official website for Lake Wobegon Trails Caramel Roll Ride held the 2nd Saturday of June, the first bike ride of the year and caramel rolls at every rest stop!

Lake Wobegon Trails Caramel Roll Ride

15th Annual Caramel Roll Ride ... 2nd Saturday June 14th, 2014

Starts in Albany at the trailhead. Register online at Official website for Lake Wobegon Trails Caramel Roll Ride held the 2nd Saturday of June, the first bike ride of the year and caramel rolls at every rest stop!

[07/23/13]   Be sure to stop by the Albany Library tonight!

I will be sharing information including a little railroad history, trails history, trail town history and a little about what wildflowers, trees, shrubs and even what food we can find on the trail...not just the stuff in restaurants!

I will also discuss the future of the trails and what's coming up in the future... more connections and some info on the Saintly Seven project to bring the trail into Waite Park and St Cloud!

So bring yourself, your family, a friend and your bike or your hiking shoes and join us. After the presentation we will take a little time to experience the trail first hand.

Hope to see you there!

Cliff Borgerding
Master Naturalist & President
Lake Wobegon Trails Association
33504 Shorewood Dr
Avon MN 56310
[email protected]

The Gathering Grounds

Hey! Have you seen the new Village Bean in Albany!

Yep ... the Village Bean is back! Tim and Angie have brought back an old favorite of many of our trail riders. Come out and enjoy a good cup of coffee, a latte or and ice cream cone!

the little coffee shop with BiG heart

May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

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