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Vermillion Highlands’ 2,822 acres provide ample opportunity for a number of recreational activities. Lone Rock Trail offers horse riders, hikers and cross country skiers a pleasant and scenic experience, including gently rolling terrain, wooded areas, agricultural land and two significant wetlands that flow into the Vermillion River.
|Horseback Riding||Season schedule: Lone Rock Trail will be open for Equestrian riding from May 1 through October 31 each year. The Trail will be closed to equestrian use from November 1 through April 31 to allow for firearms deer hunting and cross-country skiing.|
|Hiking||Season schedule: The Lone Rock Trail is open to hiking from December 12 through October 31.|
Trail courtesy: Please protect our natural vegetation by staying on the trail. Dogs are allowed on the trail with hikers, but must be kept on a leash.
|Cross-Country Skiing||Season schedule: Conditions permitting, the Lone Rock Trail is open to cross-country skiing from December 12 through March 31. |
Note: Skiers are urged to use caution from mid-December to early-January as pheasant and late season goose hunting will be ongoing.
Trail conditions: The Lone Rock Trail is groomed in cooperation with Dakota County. For the most up-to-date information on trail conditions, visit the Dakota County Web site or call the Dakota County Trail Conditions line at 651-438-4636.
No fees are required to access Lone Rock Trail.
The Trail is open from sunrise to sunset with the exception of a 10:00 a.m. opening time during the months of May and October. This is to minimize disturbance to spring turkey hunters and fall archery deer hunters during prime hunting periods.
Primary access remains at the trailhead off of Station Trail. This access provides enough room for several truck/trailer rigs and trails for tying off horses. It also provides portable toilet facilities and an area to properly dispose of waste products. As exists, non-potable water will be available.
Lone Rock Trail Map (pdf)
Directions to the trail head
The trail head, at the north end of the Farm Loop, has parking and restroom facilities. From the UMore Park Administrative Office on Co. Rd. 46, travel west one tenth of a mile to the first intersection, Station Trail Road. Turn south on Station Trail and continue. The trailhead is located just off Station Trail Road, south of 170th Street. See the UMore Park Map and Directions (pdf).
Vermillion Highlands is open to various hunting activities during specific times of the year. Trail users are advised to wear blaze orange clothing during these seasons. Please visit the Wildlife Management page or call the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at 651-322-4643 to learn more.