Glendalough State Park in west-central Minnesota will host its 23rd annual Walk for Glendalough on Saturday, April 20, a fundraiser for new park amenities.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the historic Glendalough Lodge, which will be open for tours.
The annual fundraising event has raised over $300,000 for projects at Glendalough State Park. “Many of the amenities that park visitors enjoy today would not have been possible without the funds raised by the walk,” said Jeff Wiersma, Glendalough State Park manager.
At the event, Park Partners will host a short program on fundraising efforts on a proposed new trailhead building and an update on a bill in the Legislature to expand the boundary of Glendalough. In addition, there will be an update on a grant proposal to complete the bike trail loop in the park.
Participants at the event can start the day with a donut and some coffee or cider at the trail center before taking off for a morning stroll or bike ride. Spotting scopes will be set up at the eagle nest to view the nesting eagles. For those who are unable to walk or bike long distances, shuttles will be available to take visitors on a trail tour with a stop near the eagle nest.
A bratwurst lunch will be offered as well as an opportunity to win door prizes.
The walk is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Parks and Trails Council and Glendalough Park Partners. Funded projects include construction of year-round restrooms at the trail center, the Molly Stark Lake picnic shelter, the Annie Battle Lake hiking trail bridge, an outdoor seating area and wildlife viewing blinds, restoration of the historic Glendalough Lodge and prairie restoration.
There is no fee to enter the park for the walk, but since the walk is intended as a fundraiser, donations will be encouraged. The event wraps up by 1 p.m., but visitors can extend their day with an overnight stay in the cart-in campground, a camper cabin, or a yurt.
For more information, call the park at 218-864-0110 or visit mndnr.gov/state_parks/glendalough.