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19 miles of Luce Line Trail recently paved in county

About 19 miles of the Luce Line State Trail in Minnesota was recently paved in McLeod County, making it one of the longest paved trail segments in the area.
The entire Luce Line trail stretches from Plymouth to Cosmos, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts with a scenic 63-mile route from the metro area to Meeker County.
The new pathway extends from the Carver County line east of Winsted to McLeod County Road 115 west of Hutchinson.
Trail terrain
From Plymouth to the Carver County line, the Luce Line primarily features a crushed limestone surface. The new blacktopped portion goes through Winsted, Silver Lake and Hutchinson.
From McLeod County Road 115 west of Hutchinson to Cedar Mills, the trail surface is crushed granite. From Cedar Mills to Cosmos, the Luce Line has a natural, mowed grass surface.
A parallel trail for horseback riding spans most of the length of the Luce Line.
In Winsted, trail users are routed through the city to reach the other side of the trail.
East of Winsted: Visitors from the east who are traveling west to Winsted can exit the trail near McLeod County Road 9 at Southview Park in Winsted, and continue along Baker Avenue west to McLeod County Road 1. From there, they can cross McLeod County Road 1 and travel south for one-tenth of a mile, re-entering the trail on the southwest side of Winsted. At this location, which is near the Winsted Municipal Airport, about 4,000 feet of the trail has a mowed grass surface due to Federal Aviation Administration runway protection zone requirements. A small section is paved just before the airport, on the west side of McLeod County Road 1.
West of Winsted: For visitors from the west who are traveling east to Winsted, the paved trail will turn into a mowed grass surface for about 4,000 feet near the Winsted Municipal Airport. Trail users can cross McLeod County Road 1 in Winsted and travel north for one-tenth mile to reach Baker Avenue. From there, they can continue east along Baker Avenue until they reach Southview Park in Winsted. At Southview Park, the paved trail resumes and continues to the Carver County line. East of the Carver County line, the trail has a crushed limestone surface.
Future improvements: To enhance trail usability through the city of Winsted, local officials are hoping to add a five-block trail connection along Kingsley Street (bordering Winsted Lake). This project has not yet been approved, and is subject to change.
For an extensive map of the Luce Line State Trail, go to www.luceline.com.

For more, see the Oct. 7 print edition of The Chronicle.