Frost Trail – A new window on the MNRR
The Frost Trail is the first of several trails that the FOMNRR will help develop on this river segment. This trail begins near the intersection of SD Highway 19 and Dakota Street in Vermillion, and continues south to the Newcastle-Vermillion Bridge.
The trail traverses through riparian woodlands and along the grassy bank of the MNRR. The Gunderson Backwater comes into view along a portion of the trail. With a one-way length of approximately 2.2 miles, the trail has an auxiliary trailhead near its southern terminus to enable shorter hikes on either side.
The trail was built during two trail building events during spring and summer. It is designated for hiking and other foot traffic, such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Planned improvements will include trailhead signs and interpretive signage along the trail to inform trail users about river features and history.
Along with the FOMNRR, the National Park Service, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and Lewis and Clark Regional Water System are important partners in creating the Frost Trail.