This website provides information about Dakota County's greenway network and greenway planning process. See below to learn about current greenway planning efforts and completed greenway master plans.

Current Projects

Dakota County is currently working on a master plan for the Vermillion River Greenway-Hastings. Click here to learn more.

Recent Projects

The Rich Valley Greenway Master Plan has been adopted. This greenway connects Eagan and Inver Grove Heights to the Mississippi River Trail.

A final draft of the Central Greenway Connectivity Study is available for download. This study looks at bikeway connections between several greenways in the central part of the County.

Public Open House

An open house was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 for the Vermillion River Greenway-Hastings Master Plan. Click here to learn more.

Other Greenway Master Plans

At the Other Greenways menu item above you can find information on the master plans already completed for the River to River Greenway, Lake Marion Greenway, Mendota to Lebanon Hills Greenway, Vermillion Highlands Greenway, Rosemount Greenway, Minnesota River Greenway, and North Creek Greenway. The Minnesota River and North Creek were the first greenway master plans to be prepared on the heels of the Greenway Collaborative Guidebook. The Greenway Collaborative process envisioned that the first master plan effort would act as a model for future master plans and would work through key issues such as operational responsibilities, design signature and a multi-jurisdictional planning process.

Each greenway plan undertakes the challenge of not only creating a great master plan for the greenway corridor but taking the project to an elevated level of detail and expertise in order to set an exceptional tone for each future greenway master plan. Below is Dakota County's Vision for Parks, Lakes, Trails and Greenways for the year 2030.



Non-motorized Transportation

Water Quality

The 2008 Dakota County Park System Plan solidifies a vision of an interconnected system of regional greenways through the urbanized areas of the county. The greenway vision suggests 200 miles of regional greenways, 2/3 of which are identified on land currently in public or semipublic ownership.

The greenway vision proposes more than a trail system - it suggests enhanced open space corridors that perform multiple functions and provide multiple community benefits in areas of water quality, habitat, recreation and nonmotorized transportation. These four categories of benefits are core elements in the greenway vision. Accommodating all four to the extent possible will be the goal for each greenway segment and is a focus of this Greenway Collaborative Guidebook.

Click here to link to a PDF of the Dakota County Greenway Collaborative Guidebook