Shelly Condon takes her daughters Ella, Cora and Hallie out for some fresh air on the Sunset View Trail west of Jackson along 530th Avenue on March 1, 2022. WORTHINGTON — Born for bikes but beloved by walkers, runners and dog owners alike, the trails of Jackson County include eight and a half miles of paved paths in and around the city of Jackson, plus 3.35 miles connecting county parks — and more trails are planned for the future.
The Friends of the Jackson County Trails group had its beginnings in 1998 with a group of Jackson women who enjoyed going on multi-day bike trips. They went to Wisconsin. They went to other communities in Minnesota. Barb Tvinnereim takes her dog for a walk on the Sunset View Trail west of Jackson along 530th Ave. Tuesday evening. “We’d come home, and we’d say ‘I just don’t know why Jackson can’t have a bike trail,’” said Lynne Anderson, one of the founders of the group. “We’d say that every year and nothing happened.”
Then Craig Rubis, a Jackson County commissioner who sat on a committee that awarded trail grants to communities in southwest Minnesota, organized a meeting of people interested in trails to find out if Jackson could get some trail grants.
The first official meeting of the Friends of the Jackson County Trails happened in 1999, and its first grant was approved in 2000. Construction of a trail along the downtown Des Moines River dike began in 2005, and after that, more […]