Minnesota State Trails - Trails in Minnesota

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  • Afton to Lakeland Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Afton to Lakeland Trail links its namesake towns on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River. The trail runs between Quinlan Avenue North/Eighth Street at Crocker Park in Lakeland and Pike Avenue South near Afton City Hall (the southern ...
  • Agassiz Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 52.3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Agassiz Recreational Trail connects the towns of Ulen, Twin Valley, Gary, Fertile, and Crookston. A total of 52-miles, this trail runs parallel to Highway 32 and 102 uninterrupted and allows for users to get not only to other towns, but ...
  • Alborn-Pengilly Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 42 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    The Alborn-Pengilly Trail runs for 42 miles along an abandoned railroad corridor between Pengilly and Alborn. The easy terrain is a mix of woodland, lakes and wetlands, open space and the occasional cultivated field. It passes through the small ...
  • Arrowhead State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 135 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    Arrowhead State Trail runs between the Taconite State Trail at Pike River Flowage near Peyla and to 3 miles south of International Falls (east of I-71 near Chapple). The trail is popular among snowmobilers, and nearly 70 miles of the 135-mile ...
  • Bassett Creek Regional Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bassett Creek Regional Trail is envisioned as an important connector between French Regional Park and Theodore Wirth Regional Park through the cities of Plymouth, New Hope, Crystal and Golden Valley. When complete, the trail will be a total ...
  • Bear Island Lake Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 21.7 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    Much of Bear Island Lake Trail passes through Bear Island Lake State Forest in Minnesota's northern reaches, near Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The lake itself is huge, with Bear Island in the middle. The surrounding ...
  • Beaver Island Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Beaver Island Trail follows the route of an inactive railway that was originally part of a charter railroad of the Minneapolis and Northwestern Railway Company. Built in 1882, the railroad line connected Minneapolis with the town of Clearwater, ...
  • Big Rivers Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Big Rivers Regional Trail runs along the upper portion of what was originally a two-tiered section of railroad track built for one of the state’s oldest lines, the Minnesota Central Railroad. At several points along its 4.4 paved miles, ...
  • Blazing Star State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between the Lakes,” and the trail begins on the northern shore of one of the state’s larger bodies of water, Albert Lea Lake. You ...
  • Blue Ox Trail (Voyageur Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 96.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    The Blue Ox–Voyageur Trail is a multi-use trail that permits ATVs and snowmobiles. It also accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians along the former railroad right-of-way between International Falls and Lake Bemidji State Park. The ...
  • Bottineau Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 3-mile-long Bottineau Trail runs through the small town of Red Lake Falls to a rural area to its north. The trail is named after Pierre Bottineau, a Minnesota frontiersman who died in the community in 1895. Scenery along the rail-trail includes ...
  • Brown's Creek State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 5.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 5.9-mile Brown’s Creek State Trail, which opened in October 2014, is the latest addition to Minnesota’s extensive trail system. The rail-trail stretches from the St. Croix riverfront town of Stillwater to meet up with the popular Gateway ...
  • Bruce Vento Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The trail is named in honor of Bruce Frank Vento, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 until his death in 2000, representing Minnesota’s fourth congressional district. Vento is recognized for his efforts to clean up the environment. The ...
  • C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 146 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail extends more than 140 miles through some of Minnesota's most spectacular scenery, winding through the rugged woodlands that line the shore of Lake Superior. Duluth, the trail's southern gateway, was built ...
  • Cannon Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 19.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The trail links the southeast Minnesota communities of Red Wing, Welch, and Cannon Falls along a path that follows the former route of the Chicago Great Western Railway line that once ran through this river valley. In addition to offering stunning ...
  • Casey Jones State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 20.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Grass, Gravel

    Three separate segments make up the Casey Jones State Trail, which is one of the first state trails authorized by Minnesota state trail legislation in the 1960s. The rail-trail is named for the engineer immortalized in the “Ballad of Casey Jones.” ...
  • Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Cedar Lake Light Rail Transit (LRT) Regional Trail is an integral component of Hennepin County’s extensive trail network, in which rail-trails feature prominently. The trail directly links four trails together: In the west, it branches off ...
  • Central Lakes State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 55 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The completion of the final segment of the Central Lakes State Trail in 2005 was the culmination of a positive partnership between volunteers and local and state officials that began in 1992 with the purchase, by the State of Minnesota, of an ...
  • Circle L Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Circle L Trail follows an abandoned logging railroad grade, which was used during the logging of the Bigfork River valley during the early 1900s. The trail passes through George Washington State Forest and also past the sites of old logging ...
  • Circle T Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 39.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Circle T Trail forms a giant loop through the George Washington State Forest in the potholed lake region of northern Minnesota. The remote trail is one in a series of trails in the region and mostly used by snowmobilers. The trail loops ...
  • Courthouse Loop Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Courthouse Loop Trail is one of several trails located in the Carver County city of Chaska. As the name suggests, the trail forms a loop around Courthouse Lake, which sits directly behind the Carver County Courthouse and other administrative ...
  • Cuyuna Lakes State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail winds its way through northern hardwoods and spruce/pine forests along the shores of 6 natural lakes and 15 clear, constructed lakes that were former mine pits. The cluster of lakes has a combined undeveloped shoreline ...
  • Dairyland Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 6.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Phase one of the development of central Minnesota’s Dairyland Trail was completed in April 2013, allowing trail users to hike, bike, or ride a horse for more than 6 miles between the small towns of Elrosa and Greenwald. The trail, named in recognition ...
  • Dakota Rail Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 26.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Sections of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, which extends westward from the Minneapolis suburbs situated along Lake Minnetonka, have been opening since June 2009. The trail occupies the former Dakota Rail corridor, which ran for a total length ...
  • Dinkytown Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although only 1 mile long, the Dinkytown Greenway provides an important link in a biking network connecting Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The trail begins near TCF Bank Stadium and runs through the University of Minnesota campus on the east bank ...
  • Douglas State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 12.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Douglas State Trail occupies the railbed of the former Chicago Great Western Railway corridor between the cities of Rochester and Pine Island. Several of the concrete obelisk railroad mile markers are still visible along parts of the route. Along ...
  • Douglas-Cascade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Douglas-Cascade Trail extends 2 miles southeast towards downtown Rochester from the southern terminus of the Douglas State Trail. The paved trail, a portion of which follows the former Chicago Great Western Railroad, runs through an urban ...
  • Duluth Lakewalk

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Duluth Lakewalk extends between Canal Park and S. 60th Avenue E. near University Park. The southern half of the trail follows the shore of Lake Superior quite closely from the south end to 26th Avenue, where it then veers inland a few blocks, ...
  • Elm Creek Park Reserve Trails

    State: MN
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Elm Creek Park Reserve is an outdoor lovers’ dream. At 4,900 acres, it’s the largest park in Hennepin County. The park provides enough amenities to keep people coming all year round. Cyclists especially will enjoy the 20 miles of well-paved ...
  • Gandy Dancer Trail - Northern Section

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 51 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    This 98-mile, "interstate" trail crosses into Minnesota and then back again into Wisconsin on its way from St. Croix Falls to its connection with the Saunders State Trail just south of Superior. In Wisconsin the trail is maintained and managed ...
  • Gateway State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 18.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Gateway State Trail is an 18.3-mile-long pathway that offers an urban link to the countryside. The western end of this paved trail begins on the north end of Saint Paul and heads northeast through urban and suburban landscapes along 8 miles ...
  • Gitchi-Gami State Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 28.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Then completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail will traverse 88 paved miles between the cities of Two Harbors and Grand Marais on Lake Superior’s northern shore. Currently, several segments, totaling nearly 29 miles, are open between the two endpoints. ...
  • Glacial Lakes State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 29 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Willmar and about 1 mile west of Paynesville at Roseville Road Northeast, at the Kandiyohi–Stearns ...
  • Goodhue Pioneer State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 9.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Goodhue Pioneer State Trail is a work in progress as part of a planned 47-mile trail linking the cities of Red Wing, Goodhue, Zumbrota, Mazeppa, Bellechester, and Pine Island along an inactive railroad corridor. The Duluth, Red Wing & Southern ...
  • Great Northern Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 4.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Grass

    The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route across the city of Elk River on the fringe of the northwestern outskirts of Minneapolis. For nearly 5 miles, the rail-trail winds through the community along a former railroad bed operated ...
  • Great River Ridge State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Great River Ridge State Trail runs for 13 miles between County Road 9 just north of Eyota and Third Street Southwest just north of Wabasha Street in the town of Plainview, which serves as the agricultural hub of the area. There are plans ...
  • Greenway of Greater Grand Forks

    State: MN, ND
    Length: 21.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, host a network of paved paths along the Red River and Red Lake River that form the border between these two cities. At just more than 20 miles, the Greenway of Greater Grand Forks, ...
  • Hardwood Creek Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 9.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Grass

    The Hardwood Creek Regional Trail is actually two parallel trails running along US 61 in rural Washington County. The paved trail is open for biking, walking, running, and in-line skating, while the adjacent grass trail is exclusively for equestrian ...
  • Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 18 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is mostly level, although a section just north ...
  • Heartland State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 49 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Heartland State Trail is one of many long-distance trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When established in 1974, it became one of the first rail-trail conversions in the country. The nearly 50-mile trail connects ...
  • Hiawatha Trail (MN)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 4.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Minnesota’s Hiawatha Trail (also known as the Hiawatha LRT Trail) runs along a north-south route paralleling both Hiawatha Avenue and the Metro Transit Blue Line in Minneapolis. The trail connects downtown Minneapolis and the vibrant Cedar-Riverside ...
  • Hudson to Lakeland/Afton Trail

    State: MN, WI
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Hudson to Lakeland/Afton Trail begins at Buckeye Street in Hudson, Wisconsin, not far from the eastern bank of the St. Croix River. The paved trail parallels 2nd Street, heading south through Birkmose Park and offers views of the water and ...
  • Interstate State Park to Taylors Falls Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 2.75 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    Until it became inactive in 1948, visitors used a rail spur to come to Taylors Falls from Minneapolis and Saint Paul to find relaxation, enjoy recreation, and see the rare Glacial Gardens of Interstate State Park. Today, the former rail corridor ...
  • Iron Ore Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 11.6 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Iron Trail follows an old railroad corridor for 15 miles between the towns of Tower and Embarrass in northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters region. The trail traverses a mix of boreal forest and open spaces through a landscape of wetlands, ...
  • Kenilworth Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Kenilworth Trail runs through dense forest along the eastern side of Minnesota's Cedar Lake. Occasionally, trail users can catch glimpses of some of the stately residences in the ritzy Minneapolis neighborhood of Kenwood, which occupies ...
  • Lake Independence Regional Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 15.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Beginning at the southern tip of the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve in Hanover, the Lake Independence Regional Trail spends most of its 15.9-mile span paralleling County Road 19, cutting a straight path through acres of open farmland. As the trail ...
  • Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail begins in the vicinity of Eighth Avenue North in downtown Hopkins, just a few blocks north of the eastern endpoint of the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail. Currently, there is only a short paved ...
  • Lake Phalen Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Lake Phalen Trail offers a 3-mile paved loop around a popular lake in St. Paul. The tree-dotted pathway offers views of the lake on one side and pleasant neighborhoods on the other. It is nestled within Phalen Regional Park, which provides parking, ...
  • Lake Wobegon Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 60 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    As fans of public radio can tell you, this trail’s namesake is the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, made famous by author and radio personality Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion. Along the 10-foot-wide paved trail, you’ll find small ...
  • Longyear Lake Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Longyear Lake Trail encircles its namesake lake in the city of Chisholm, Minnesota. On the southeast side of the trail at 4th Avenue, trail users can connect directly with the 115-mile Mesabi Trail.
  • Luce Line Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 72.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass

    The Luce Line Trail occupies the former railbed of the Electric Short Line Railroad, started in 1908. The tracks continued to be expanded into the late 1920s, when the rail line became known as the Minnesota Western. Passenger service stopped ...
  • Medicine Lake Regional Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 15.64 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Medicine Lake Regional Trail offers a plethora of experiences along its nearly 16-mile length. Kicking off in the Elm Creek Park Reserve in the north, the trail cuts a swath through the Maple Grove suburb of Minneapolis, passing shady hardwood ...
  • Mesabi Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 115 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Running through the colorful heart of northern Minnesota’s Iron Range region, the Mesabi Trail is well on its way to becoming one of the longer paved trails in the United States. When completed, the trail will run for 145 miles between Grand ...
  • Midtown Greenway (MN)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 5.5-mile Midtown Greenway follows a former railroad corridor through the heart of south Minneapolis, heading due west from the Mississippi River to the neighborhood of West Calhoun in the scenic Chain of Lakes area. The paved pathway is ...
  • Mill Towns Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 26 miles
    Surface:

    From Mill Town Trail : The Mill Towns State Trail will provide a connection between public and semi-public open spaces serving three counties and six communities. It is envisioned as a recreational investment that will link these communities ...
  • Minneapolis Diagonal Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Minneapolis Diagonal Trail (also known as the Northeast Diagonal Trail) is primarily a commuter route offering grade-separated crossings of Interstate 35W. The trail links an industrial area north of the University of Minnesota with the ...
  • Minnehaha Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Minnehaha Trail connects two popular parks in the Twin Cities as it follows the course of the Mississippi River through a corridor that is a mix of woodland and open areas. At the trail’s southern end, in Saint Paul, is Fort Snelling State ...
  • Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail runs southwest from the Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins to the eastern edge of Chaska. The 13-mile trail occupies a former rail corridor originally built by the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and ...
  • Minnesota River State Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 12.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    When complete, the Minnesota River State Trail will stretch from Big Stone Lake State Park north of Ortonville to Le Sueur, a distance of more than 175 miles. Currently, three disconnected segments of the trail are open, providing approximately ...
  • Minnesota Valley State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 27.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    As of spring 2016, bridge access to the Minnesota Valley State Trail was still closed at Memorial Park in Shako-pee until further notice. Check the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for updates. The Minnesota Valley State ...
  • Mississippi River Regional Trail (Dakota County)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 19 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This Mississippi River Regional Trail running through eastern Dakota County is a segment of a larger regional trail system that is itself part of the National Park Service’s Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. The northern portion ...
  • North Cedar Lake Regional Trail/Cedar Lake Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This paved trail links Minneapolis’s Warehouse District to both the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail and the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail in Hopkins. It also intersects the Kenilworth Trail as part of the Cedar Lake Loop and a trail ...
  • North Minnesota River Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 4.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved North Minnesota River Trail hugs its namesake river for much of its journey on the western end of Mankato. Along the way, it offers views of the river, limestone cliffs and the city. From its southern end, you can access popular Sibley ...
  • North Mississippi Regional Park Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The North Mississippi Regional Park is a fitting place to access and enjoy the Mississippi River. The linear park is walled by the I-94 freeway. The riverine trail follows the west bank of the languid river. It is a great way for users to experience ...
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 119.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Paul Bunyan State Trail, stretching 123 miles from Bemidji to Brainerd, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. This distance includes its newest segment, completed in 2014, that extended the trail 9 miles south on MN 371 to Crow Wing ...
  • Rainy Lake Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 12.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Rainy Lake Trail offers a scenic route of nearly 13 miles through Northern Minnesota woodlands, marshlands, and lakefront neighborhoods from International Falls to the stunning Voyageurs National Park. Beginning in downtown International ...
  • Red Jacket Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Named after a Seneca Indian chief who lived in the area until the 1830s, the Red Jacket Trail runs along an old Milwaukee Road (formerly the Minnesota Railroad and the Central Railroad) right-of-way that became inactive in 1978. The Red Jacket ...
  • Red Wing Riverfront Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although only stretching a half mile, the paved Red Wing Riverfront Trail, which opened in 2016, offers an important connection between two parks along the Mississippi River in the charming community of Red Wing. On the trail's west side, ...
  • River Bend Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although short, the River Bend Trail provides access to a recreational gem, the River Bend Nature Center, a 750-acre park with woodlands, prairie, rivers, and ponds. Along the way, the paved trail runs through neighborhoods and nicely shaded ...
  • River to River Greenway

    State: MN
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The mighty Mississippi and Minnesota River are the two waterways connected by the River to River Greenway. (The project was formerly known by the less colorful moniker North Urban Regional Trail.) Spanning nearly 8 miles, the trail is part of ...
  • Rocori Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Minnesota’s Rocori Trail, named for the three small towns through which it will eventually run (Rockville, Cold Spring, and Richmond), currently has two disconnected segments open for use. The first section of trail opened in 2009 in the ...
  • Root River State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 42 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Along much of its route, the Root River State Trail follows the winding course of its namesake river for 42 miles through the Minnesota towns of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and Houston. The paved trail is mostly level, although ...
  • Rush Creek Regional Trail (MN)

    State: MN
    Length: 9.64 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Rush Creek Regional Trail stretches 9.6 miles across forests and farmland, offering a convenient connection to some of Hennepin County’s most interesting parks. The path is smooth, wide and mostly flat along its length, with plenty of signage, ...
  • Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 39 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This trail is so nice they named it twice: Sakatah is the Dakota word for “singing hills.” The Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation originally lived in this scenic part of Minnesota, where the Big Woods once met the prairie. A rail line was ...
  • Samuel H. Morgan Regional Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 9.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    A quintessential part of St. Paul's extensive trails system, the Samuel H. Morgan Regional Trail offers a variety of sights and sounds along its nine-mile path, from gorgeous views of the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul, to the hustle ...
  • Shingle Creek Regional Trail (MN)

    State: MN
    Length: 8.43 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Shingle Creek Regional Trail branches out of the Rush Creek Regional Trail at Noble Parkway and tracks alongside the road heading south from Brooklyn Park through Brooklyn Center. Passing through mostly residential communities, the trail then ...
  • Shingobee Connection Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 6.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Shingobee Connection Trail, spanning nearly 7 miles, offers a key link between two much longer rail-trails—the Paul Bunyan State Trail and Heartland State Trail—making it possible to travel more than 175 continuous paved miles through central ...
  • Shooting Star State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 18.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched from the Midwest through the Rocky Mountains. The ...
  • Soo Line Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Soo Line Recreational Trail is a continuation of the Soo Line Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton, Minnesota. This 10-mile segment, however, does not permit motorized uses, unlike its connecting segment to the northeast. The ...
  • Soo Line Trail - Northern Route

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 148 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    The Soo Line North Trail travels for 148 miles through forest and bog between Moose Lake in the south and Cass Lake in the north. The trail, which is popular with ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter, runs through Hill River State ...
  • Soo Line Trail - Southern Route

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 105.6 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    The Soo Line Trail Southern Route is more popularly known as the Soo Line South ATV Trail. The converted rail-trail runs for 105.6 miles in Minnesota between Royalton and the Minnesota–Wisconsin state line east of Pleasant Valley. The Soo Line ...
  • South Route Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 8.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The South Route Trail begins in Minneopa State Park, known for its beautiful waterfalls and views of the Minnesota River Valley. Heading southeast from the park, following County Road 90, you'll pass through open areas with some hilly terrain. ...
  • St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail is a 1.8-mile loop along the Minneapolis riverfront within the St. Anthony Falls National Register Historic District. Maps, finding aids, and the area’s geological, engineering, and industrial history are ...
  • St. Cloud River Walk

    State: MN
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The St. Cloud River Walk, stretching just over a half mile, is nestled between the St. Cloud State University campus and the tree-lined western bank of the Mississippi River. For a longer trip, you can pick up the Beaver Island Trail, which ...
  • Straight River Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Straight River Trail forms a backwards L as it runs north-south through Faribault and then curves west. The paved trail begins at the Cannon River Reservoir, then travels through woodlands in Two Rivers Park before heading south along the ...
  • Sunrise Prairie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 16.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sunrise Prairie Trail runs north-south atop an unused right-of-way along a Burlington Northern Railroad corridor, traversing residential neighborhoods in the towns and mostly farmland in its middle section. The trail also runs through hardwood ...
  • Superior Hiking Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 310 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Superior Hiking Trail is a long distance footpath modeled after the Appalachian Trail that follows the shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. The trail is 1,750 feet above sea level and more than 1,000 feet above Lake Superior. ...
  • Swedish Immigrant Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The developing Swedish Immigrant Trail will one day span 22 miles from Taylors Falls on the banks of the St. Croix River to the central Minnesota town of Wyoming. The paved trail will run east-west trail across Chisago County paralleling Highway ...
  • Taconite State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 165 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Taconite State Trail runs for 165 miles between Grand Rapids and Ely, Minnesota, but only the first 6 miles in Grand Rapids are paved. Most of the trail is used in winter for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, while mountain bikers and ...
  • Tomahawk Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 72.6 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Grass

    The Tomahawk Trail runs for just over 72 miles through the Superior National Forest of northeastern Minnesota. The remote trail is one in a series of regional snowmobile trails that you can also hike. It begins at the Taconite State Trail just ...
  • Wapiti Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 50.17 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Grass

    The Wapiti Trail is primarily used by snowmobilers and connects with the Big Red Lake Bog and McTrail system trails. The remote trail passes among boreal forests of willow and poplar. You may see foxes, deer and even wolves along the route. ...
  • West River Parkway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 8.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The West River Parkway Trail, also known as the Mississippi River Gorge Regional Trail, extends between Plymouth Avenue North opposite Boom Island and Ford Parkway in Minnehaha Regional Park, where you can join the Minnehaha Trail. The trail ...
  • Western Waterfront Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    Developed in 1988, the Western Waterfront Trail (WWT) offers direct access to the shoreline of the St. Louis River estuary in southwestern Duluth. The trail begins right across the street from the northern trailhead of the Willard Munger State ...
  • Willard Munger State Trail (Alex Laveau Memorial Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 8.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

    The Willard Munger State Trail is a collection of three multiple use trails roughly stretching between the towns of Hinckley and Duluth. The three trail segments include the Hinckley–Duluth, Alex Laveau Memorial Trail (which are joined in Carlton) ...
  • Willard Munger State Trail (Hinckley-Duluth)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 70 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Willard Munger State Trail is a collection of three multiple use trails roughly stretching between the towns of Hinckley and Duluth. The three trail segments include the Hinckley–Duluth, Alex Laveau Memorial Trail (which are joined in Carlton) ...
  • Willard Munger State Trail (Matthew Lourey State Trail)

    State: MN
    Length: 81.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    The Willard Munger State Trail is a collection of three multiple use trails roughly stretching between the towns of Hinckley and Duluth. The three trail segments include the Hinckley–Duluth, Alex Laveau Memorial Trail (which are joined in Carlton) ...