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Myre Big Island State Park

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

The signs state hiking and biking trails but there wasn't enough traffic on the trails to keep the grass down, so they go at it with a lawnmower, bonus. Nice singletrack through rolling hills, forests and down by the lake. As always, the drier, the faster. The trail signage in the park is the best I've ever seen anywhere. There are lots of trails to explore for the better part of an afternoon but don't get to crazy. Mountainbiking is still a new thing here. I'm glad I took the time to check out the trail along the top of the esker, you don't see that everyday. There is also a trail along the river into town. Last visit Sept 27 1999, the aroma of the different leaves and the oak savanna should be a major selling point.
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Trail Directions
Park is on the East side of Interstate 35. Take exit 11(?), it's the second exit for Albert Lea(either north or south), it's the exit with the big (nice) truckstop on the east side. The lake in the park runs under I-35 just south of this exit. I biked from the truckstop to the park. Just go east a couple hundred yards and turn right (south) and follow the road into the park.
Trail Length
16+ miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Albert Lea

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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 14, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ROAD WARRIOR ,  Cross Country Rider

Little has changed since orgional review, nice crosscountry trails in middle of nowhere. main ent. to park is just E. of exit 11 (I-35) go S. on CR38 to main ent. or if saying in one of motels W. of I-35 ,ride to the park. Take Prospect Ave. S. it becomes gravel for 1/4 mi, X RR and Imd. left onto paved bike trail. 2 miles and you'll be in the park. Lots of maps throughout park. getting lost would be imposible. *** special note the MTB trails get closed if it't too wet call first if it's been raining (507-379-3403). park dosen't get a lot of use, but would be nice for a weekend camping trip. offical park map claims 7 miles of MTB trails , 7 mi snowmobile, 8 crosscounty ski, and 16 miles of hiking trails. There are more than that as some of the trail are marked but not on any map. note; nothing technical, very little elv. change but a lot of up and down, nothing real steep. and say thanks to the big sheet of ice that made the little play ground.

Recommended Route:
The paved trail runs along the north side of the park. The trails next to the lake are the best. Of special note are the esker area (NE corner N of RR tracks); trail that runs through the backpack camping area (longest unterupted section of trail), and a small section of trail not on map, this is along the shore line between the great marsh and I-35, nice singletrack goes in loops and back out.

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Review Date
December 15, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Travis , from Albert Lea

There's nothing too hard about it really. The most challenging trail there is the Esker Trail, which has some small climbs.

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