Treetop Trail project kicks off at Minnesota Zoo

Friday is Arbor Day and the Minnesota Zoo is celebrating by starting a big project that will take visitors through the treetops.

The zoo in Apple Valley is repurposing the monorail — which closed down about six years ago — to create what it’s calling the Treetop Trail.

The trail is expected to be the world’s longest elevated pedestrian loop. The walking path will bring visitors 32 feet above the ground to give them a bird’s-eye view of nature.

The trail will be 1.25 miles long and will be built for those of all abilities, all ages and for all seasons.

Zoo representatives said Friday that they hope the new trail will become part of families’ stories for generations to come.

Construction officially starts Friday and the project is expected to be complete by next summer.