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).


Short but sweet

   September, 2016 by awildererica

A good chunk of the trail along the river is bordered by limestone cliffs on the south and a black chain link fence on the north river side. Previous fallen rock near the trail makes for interesting thoughts. Biffy at trail beginning and end. Rides past more

Lots of Wildlife

   July, 2016 by dallasrising

I walked the paved trail two days in a row and saw lots of rabbits, pigeons, chipmunk, gorgeous dragonflies, heron flying overhead, and a mother turkey with her brood of babies. There's a tiny flowing stream in one section and water trickling down rocks more

Great Ride

   June, 2016 by klj2561

Rode the trail last weekend with my five-year-old grandson. We had a great time and can't wait to go back read more