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County Managed Trails

Polk County Snowmobile Trail Status:  CLOSED AS OF 6:00 p.m. on 3/28/23 
Thank you Polk County Snowmobile Council for keeping the trails groomed and for another enjoyable snowmobile season. 

EVENT: Candlelight walk Saturday, February 4, 2023 on the Stower Trial. 

All Polk County Trails & Uses:

Snowmobile Trails
Weather permitting the Polk County Parks & Trails Department in collaboration with Polk County Snowmobile Council opens and closes the snowmobile trails between December 12th and March 31st with at least 6 inches of snow. 

Balsam Branch Trail
Now open as of December 1st with adequate snow to hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. For grooming updates click skinnyski.

DD Kennedy Park & Ahlgren Wildlife Preserve Trails
Prairie restoration hiking trails open year-round.

Cattail State Trail
OPEN for ATV/UTV use. Multi-use crushed gravel trail for motorized vehicles, bicycling, hiking, and equestrians. Off road motorcycles allowed spring/summer/fall. 

Gandy Dancer State Trail
Limestone paved trail open to bicycling and hiking use only (April-November). Snowmobile use permitted when posted from December 1st -March 31st conditions permitting. Frozen ground ATV/UTV permitted when posted.

Sawmill County Trail
OPEN for ATV/UTV use. Crushed gravel trail open to hiking, bicycling, ATV/UTV's and motorcycle use only. Off road motorcycles allowed spring/summer/fall. Snowmobile use is permitted when posted.

Somers Lake Trail
Open year-round to biking, equestrians, hiking, ungroomed cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing use only.

Sterling/Jack Pine Loop County Trail & Campground
Open year-round for ATV/UTV use only. 

Stower Seven Lakes State Trail
Open to bicycling and hiking year-round. Open to equestrians (10/1/22 through 11/19/22). Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling is permitted when posted.