The Minnesota River Greenway Master Plan identifies the Cedar Nicols Trailhead at the Cedar Avenue Bridge as a priority improvement project. Recently, Dakota County opened the four-mile MnRGW – Black Dog Trail between Interstate 35W and Cedar Avenue Bridge along the Minnesota River. The completion of the trail has increased demand for parking and trail support facilities along the Minnesota River Greenway.
The trailhead location is next to the existing Minnesota Department of Natural Resources boat launch between Fort Snelling State Park and the Minnesota River National Wildlife Refuge on Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) property. See the trailhead schematic design.
The trailhead will provide access for regional greenway users connecting south along the river and west across the river to the recently restored Old Cedar Avenue Bridge – Long Meadow Lake pedestrian crossing.
The project will be developed in partnership with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Snelling State Park, MnDOT, and the cities of Burnsville and Eagan Elements of the trailhead will include parking, restroom facilities, picnic area, natural area restoration, and water quality enhancements. In addition, the project will incorporate interpretive elements as envisioned by the Minnesota River Greenway Cultural Resources Interpretative Plan.
The project is anticipated to be completed between Aug. 15, 2019 and Nov. 30, 2020.