Willard Munger Trail & CLC
The Willard Munger State Trail is a multiple use trail running through the Trail Towns communities. It consists of a system of interconnecting trails offering hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, and snowmobiling. Not only does the trail provide a recreational link to the communities, it serves to highlight the picturesque scenery and rich history of eastern Minnesota. The Willard Munger State Trail is the longest paved trail in the nation and one of the great recreational resources in the state of Minnesota.
The Willard Munger State Trail was Minnesota's Millenium Trail for the year 2000. The 72-mile paved portion of the trail runs from Duluth to Hinckley with marked routes along the highways to the Twin Cities
Millennium Trails was a national initiative of the White House Millennium Council in partnership with the Department of Transportation and its non-profit partner, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, that recognizes, promotes, and stimulates the creation of trails to "honor the past and imagine the future" as part of America's legacy for the year 2000. Sixteen "National Millennium Trails," which are trails with national significance, have been designated. Several of these well-known trails are the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, The Underground Railroad, the Civil War Discovery Trail, the Iditarod National Historic Trail, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Mississippi River Trail.
State "Millennium Legacy Trails" were nominated by each governor. Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura nominated the Willard Munger State Trail.
Up to 2,000 local trails projects will be recoginzed as "Community Trails 2000." Community Trails were nominated directly by local participants and the national panel from among the trails projects benefiting from local grants through the Department of Transportation, the National Park Service and other federal and state resources.
Each trail was marked with a special Millennium Trails sign with the national logo and was promoted on the Millennium Trails website.
Much of the information found in these pages is thanks to the Munger Trail Towns Association Trail Map.