Big Rivers Regional Trail

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Big Rivers Regional Trail meanders between limestone bluffs and river parkways, near the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Minnesota River. The trail is flat and occupies the former rail bed once belonging to the Minnesota Central Railroad, believed to be one of state's oldest lines.

The trail offers scenic views of the river basin and Fort Snelling, Minnesota's first military outpost on Pike Island, a National Historic Landmark. The southern end of the trail passes through the town of Mendota, another of the state's oldest.

In Lilydale, the trail connects to the River to River Greenway, which heads east to the Mississippi River and the Mississippi River Regional Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the Big Rivers Regional Trail, take Interstate 35E to Mendota Heights. Exit on Highway 13 (Sibley Memorial Highway) and then go west on Highway 13 for two miles. Then proceed west on Sibley Memorial Highway for 1.2 miles before heading north (right) into a parking lot to the trailhead (at stone overlook).


IF that is 5 star a 1 star must be gravel

   April, 2016 by dastep

Started in Lillydale and skated to the Lower River crossing overview. I'd say 70% of the trail was so rough it made my feet numb. Beautiful scenery but the asphalt needs a coat of sealant. read more

trail is open again

   September, 2015 by czeman13

I was on the trail this weekend, I don't know when it reopened, but I am so happy that it is open again! read more

   June, 2015 by studioloraine

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