You can now ride across Dakota County between Lilydale and South St. Paul on trails the whole way – about eight miles. I just rode the newly widened and paved stretch through the woods in Garlough Park and Marthaler Park which then connects to the NEW TUNNEL UNDER ROBERT STREET. It then winds through the woods behind the Wentworth Library before connecting to the existing trail along Wentworth Avenue.
I did not explore further east where the section of trail connects from the Thompson Avenue/Oakdale Avenue intersection over to Thompson Lake Park. That bit, while it is off road, is pretty sketchy – narrow and rough.
This map does not show the new tunnel, which replaces most of the stretches in red. And of course, the new connection from South St Paul to Plato Blvd completes the trail to Lilydale along the river – about seven miles.