Minnesota Valley State Trail

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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 skiers. The trail passes through the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area on its southern end, as well as other natural areas along its route. The trail parallels the Minnesota River, which means it's subject to flooding in high-water years. Along the way, you'll encounter hardwood forests, floodplain forests and wetlands.

Between Belle Plaine and Chaska the trail has a natural surface and can be rough in places. Between Chaska and Shakopee the trail is paved. There are plans to extend the trail to cover a total of 80 miles between Fort Snelling and Belle Plaine.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in Shakopee at the NW intersection of County Highways 101 and 69 and at Huber Park in downtown Shakopee. Access is also found a ways NE off Chestnut Blvd/Route 41 and east of County 11/9 just south of the river.

Reviews

Nice trail, good workout, but....

   August, 2015 by aprilvikings

I liked this trail, it has some fun hills, some good workout hills, but it was creepy at certain spots, came across quite a few "shady people" where after I saw them I just didn't feel safe :( so because of that I didn't stop to take pictures of the old ...read more

rough west of chaska

   August, 2013 by s71murthy

west of chaska it is like a horse trail and not crushed stone but rough surface. rocks / sand and vegetation. not easy going unless you have a sturdy mtn bike and are willing to ride slow and then you have to fight the bugs. between shakopee and chaska ...read more

No water problems Fall of 2012

   September, 2012 by s_trevis

Since no one has added a review for over a year I thought I'd confirm that the trail is open--no flooding issues in Sept. 2012. :) You can tell that in the spring this trail does flood easily since the river is right there and the trail was built on the ...read more