Parks, Trails, & Shelters
Picnic shelters are available May 1 to September 30. Reservations begin March 1 on a first-come, first-served basis. To see which shelter are rented please view the
Picnic Reservation Rate
- Full day (9 a.m. - 11 p.m.)
Fee: $49.39 (includes tax)
Consumption & Keg Permits
Permits are required for all keg beer parties. Consumption permits are required in all Faribault parks except for North Alexander Park. No beer is allowed at Father Slevin Park, Kinder Park, or River Bend Nature Center.
- Keg permit: $30 per party / per day
- Consumption permit (canned beer): $20 per party / per day
Faribault BMX Track
- View the Faribault BMX website for more information
Mill Towns Trail groundbreaking a big step forward
Paul Peanasky has been the Faribault Parks and Recreation director for more than 20 years, and while some projects have become an afterthought over such a timeframe, one particular project has remained front and center for nearly each and every year: Mill Towns Trail.
And starting earlier this month, substantial progress is being made in Faribault.
The state trail, once complete, will connect the cities of Faribault, Northfield and Cannon Falls, and as a result, the 41-mile Sakatah Singing Hills Trail when it enters the west side of Faribault and the Cannon Valley trail as is departs Cannon Falls to the east, where it reaches Red Wing. The Mill Towns section would complete and connect nearly 100 miles of trails across southern Minnesota.
Recent developments related to the trail include a 2016 milestone when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced it had acquired a 6-mile piece of land along an abandoned Canadian Pacific railroad line that runs from Faribault to Dundas. The DNR now owns 9 of the 11 miles needed to complete the Rice County connection, and while much of that has yet to be developed due to funding, the local section in Faribault is about to start what bike enthusiasts hope is the beginning of a snow-ball effect. Other local improvements have included the underpasses at Hwy. 3 and Hwy. 21, and the extension of the trail along Park Avenue north through the Industrial Park.
In Faribault, ground was broken on Nov. 13 at the White Sands Trailhead Facility for the Mill Towns Trail segment within Faribault city limits on the west side of Hwy. 21 – from 17th Street Northwest to the White Sands Trailhead Facility. The DNR opened bids in July, and will feature a bridge over the Cannon River, keeping users off of the busy highway. Construction is expected to kick off before the ground freezes, and is anticipated to be complete in late summer 2019.
“This is a huge step forward in the construction of the Mill Towns Trail,” Peanasky said. “It completes our local construction for this trail and will be an economic driver in the near future. For local residents it will now provide a full connection to the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. We are very excited to see this next phase begin.”
Currently within Faribault city limits, the city boasts 8.4 miles of local paved trails, providing beautiful views along the rivers, giving folks access to the historic downtown and much of the city’s natural offerings. With this extension, and more connections expected in the future, the city will soon have a 10-mile loop around the city.
And with Faribault at the heart of the connection between the Sakatah and Cannon Valley trail, the city will continue to reap the benefits of being a southern Minnesota destination for area trail users.