Our nonprofit mission promotes, maintains, and enhances the Gandy Dancer State Trail for people-powered activities.
We are still planning the Inaugural Full Gandy Relay on Saturday, August 29th, starting in St. Croix Falls, WI, and ending in Danbury. Teams of 2 through 4, or solo, will cover 47.7 miles in sections pre-designated for running, biking, and hiking. For teams, only one member per team is on the course at a time. To help with social distancing, this event is mostly unsupported. A total of 7 segments: 3 running, from 4-6 miles each; 3 biking, from 7-11.1 miles each; and 1 hike of 3.7 miles. Your team decides which segments each member will take. Team members ages 16 and older must have a state trail pass, available at the start line. Suggested donation: $25 per person. Event is not officially timed. Register online at:
The trail is about 10 feet wide and this event is one-directional. We will be in contact with participants via email about possible staggered starting based on registration numbers and current county health recommendations.
Winding through Polk and Burnett Counties, the Gandy is a well-maintained, crushed-limestone, hard-packed surface. Level-graded, wheelchair-accessible, traversing 47 miles, the Gandy is open for silent sports during non-frozen ground seasons. Its southern segment begins in St. Croix Falls and travels through Centuria, Milltown, Luck, Frederic, Lewis, Siren, Webster and Danbury. No state trail pass is required for hiking and running. Cyclists 16 and older require a daily state trail pass from trail vendors or the Tourism office, or an annual pass purchased through the Friends. Host to over 30 events, the Gandy offers a vast palette of wildlife, flora, waterways, and rural communities, with sites of interest and services, including campgrounds, restaurants, ice cream shops, museums, galleries, fixit bike repair stations, and unique stores. The Friends work to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors, providing recreational opportunities and events, and promoting businesses and local tourism. Supporting the Friends helps us achieve these goals, as well as: trail clean-ups/maintenance, storm-debris removal, plan/promote/sponsor events, raise funds to build and maintain interpretive displays, kiosks, bike racks, educational markers, and shelters, and secure grants to advance our community work. Enjoy the trail—become a Friend!