Horseback Riding Trails in Minnesota

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  • 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 ...
  • Blue Ox Trail (Voyageur Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 107.3 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Casey Jones State Trail

    Rail-Trail

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

    One of the first state trails authorized by Minnesota when state trail legislation was passed in the 1960s, the Casey Jones State Trail currently consists of three separate segments. The rail-trail is named for the engineer immortalized in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dairyland Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 6.6 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 their horse for nearly 7 miles between the small towns of Elrosa and Greenwald. The trail, named in recognition ...
  • 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. Along the way, trail users are treated to a diverse landscape of verdant agricultural land, rolling ...
  • Glacial Lakes State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 27 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 near Paynesville, at the Kandiyohi and Stearns county line. The trail passes through ...
  • Goodhue Pioneer State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 9.2 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 abandoned railroad corridor. The line was originally constructed ...
  • Great Northern Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 4.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

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

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 13.03 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Great River Ridge State Trail runs for 13 miles between County Highway 9 just north of Eyota and 3rd Street SW just north of Wabasha Street in the town of Plainfield. There are plans to extend the trail another 2 miles south into the town ...
  • 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, Minnesota. The paved trail is open for biking, walking, running and inline skating, while the adjacent grass trail is for equestrian ...
  • 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 ...
  • Luce Line State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 76.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass

    The Luce Line State Trail follows a former railroad grade and accommodates biking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling and cross-county skiing. From Plymouth the trail now continues east on a paved route toward Minneapolis, ...
  • 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: 25.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    NOTE: The trail suffered severe damage from flooding in 2011 and some sections are closed. Check with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources for updates. The Minnesota Valley Trail is used by cyclists, equestrians, hikers, snowmobilers and cross-country ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sunrise Prairie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 17 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Grass

    The Sunrise Prairie Trail runs north–south atop an abandoned right-of-way along a Burlington Northern Rail corridor, traversing residential neighborhoods in the towns and mostly farmland in the middle. The trail also runs through hardwood forests ...
  • 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 ...
  • Willard Munger State Trail (Gateway Segment)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 18.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Gateway State Trail is an 18.3-mile-long pathway that is part of the Willard Munger State Trail system. The paved trail runs between the city of St. Paul, through urban and suburban landscapes, then across the countryside to Pine Point County ...
  • 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) ...