The 39-mile Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail in southern Minnesota is now fully open after construction to widen a segment of the trail and resurface the trail wrapped up this week.

A 6-mile stretch of the trail between Waterville and Elysian was closed through the summer as contractors removed encroaching trees, and replaced culverts and aging pavement. That pavement was the last of the trail’s original surface, first built more than two decades ago.

Completion of this segment capped off an effort to resurface and widen the trail to 10-feet. The old standard for the trail was 8-feet wide.

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is former railroad bed that runs eastward from Mankato, passing through Sakatah Lake State Park before ending east of Interstate 35 in Faribault. It is generally level and wheelchair accessible.