The trail suffered severe damage from flooding in 2011 and some sections are closed. Check with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources
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 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.