Why do we need a trail?
Diversifying central Minnesota’s economic base through expanding tourism.
A 2009 University of Minnesota Tourism Center study finds that trail users spend about $2.4 billion every year using the state’s existing trails. The Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail will connect six trail systems, creating a one-of-a-kind draw to central Minnesota, and bringing much needed food, lodging, and sales tax revenue to a region battered by economic downturn.
Enhancing the quality of life and overall health of local residents
A recreational trail provides a safe and convenient place to enjoy the outdoors away from traffic and contributes greatly to the quality of life of people living and working in a community. Businesses benefit here as well. A recreational trail can become a recruitment and retention tool for a skilled workforce.
How much will the trail cost?
Who will maintain the trail and how much will that cost?
Who can use the trail?
This trail will have paved off road trail segments as well as gravel trail segments, so it can be used for bicycling, ATV riding, snowmobiling, and walking.
How can a trail be shared by motorized and non-motorized users?
Currently, the DNR is exploring ways to build the CRVST on separate corridors with total physical separation.
There will be pinch points, such as bridges, where users will have to share the trail.
Is there an estimated timeline of when work on the trail will begin and when it would be completed?
Where will the trail go?