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.


Good luck if you try

   September, 2015 by dandarla

Neither the locals nor the police knew where this trail started in Belle Plaine. We finally found it down a short narrow road right next to the river (Belle Plaine side of the river...north side of highway 25). Late September growth of grass and weeds ...read more

Happy Trails!

   September, 2015 by witzany

Rode these trails quite a few times this summer between Jordan and Belle Plaine on horseback. Some areas are a little muddy but not too bad. There were a couple downed trees we had to ride around in a couple spots. Can get buggy especially after the rains. ...read more

Pretty, but some slow going

   September, 2015 by busterbird

I can only talk about this trail from Huber Park to the berms in Chaska. I had ridden it (on my road bike) earlier this year from Chaska to Shakopee right after a storm. There were many branches down and even trees blocking the trail. VERY slow going. ...read more