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MRT Detours

Explore the Mississippi River Trail by Map


Google Earth:

  1. Download and install Google Earth to your computer.
  2. Run the Google Earth program.
  3. Download, install and open our Mississippi River Trail Google Earth Map. This tool allows you to zoom in to see a rich array of accommodations important to bicyclists, such as restaurants, medical facilities, lodging and camping and more. 


Global Positioning System (GPS):

  1. Open and save the MRT 2013.GPX file to your computer.
  2. Download and install Google Earth to your computer.
  3. Run the Google Earth program.
  4. Click "File" at the top left of the toolbar and then click "Open."
  5. In the files of type drop-down menu, select "Gps."
  6. Find and select the MRT 2013.GPX file on your computer and then click "Open."


After importing, you may need to move the MRT 2013.GPX file into the "My Places" folder.



Google Earth Map Legend

  •  Green Lines = Off Road Segments
  •  Red Lines = On Road Segments
  •  Blue Lines = Potential River Crossings
  •  Pink Lines = Segments with Limited Sight Lines,  Shoulder Width or Surface Materials
  •  Purple Lines = Segments on Hard Packed       Gravel



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