Minnesotans chose trails as their #1 priority for recreational development in a statewide study.
The goal of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Project is to build and maintain a 20 mile, multi-use, hard surface trail that provides a safe route for recreation and alternative transportation, while interpreting and celebrating the Swedish Immigrant History of Chisago County.
Chisago County was the destination and new world home for many of the Swedes who immigrated to Minnesota in the 1800's and early 1900's. Vilhelm Moberg even used this area as the setting for his famous "Emigrant Novels." Swedish American cultural heritage is alive and well here, as evidenced in community festivals, historic buildings, and businesses.
Connect our communities
Provide safer places to walk, bike and skate
Improve our health and fitness
Increase recreational opportunities
Help preserve the environment
Increase business to local retailers
Provide for non-motorized transportation
This trail when complete will connect Wyoming to Taylors Falls via Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City and Shafer, utilizing an abandoned railway corridor that parallels Highway 8.
The Chisago County Parks and Trails Foundation is spearheading the trail effort, in partnership with the supporting Cities and the Chisago County Park Board. The foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission to further the establishment, development, and enhancement of parks and trails within Chisago County and to encourage their wise use and protection.