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Explore the best rated trails in North Branch, MN. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Soo Line Trail - Southern Route and Gandy Dancer Trail - Southern Section. With more than 81 trails covering 1014 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
Wonderful scenery! Plenty of parking on the Wisconsin side with clean bathrooms.
Great trail to bike or walk!
Very nice path, bridges through wetlands. Lots of wildflowers. Leads to a nice beach and great playground.
If you start from the Stillwater end, this is the perfect challenging ride. The grade is all uphill on the way to the Gateway. My husband pulled the two littles in the Burley, and I kept pace with our six year old. There is a park at the 3 mile point, which is great for a tired kiddo. Once you hit the Gateway, when everyone is tired, it’s really nice to have the return ride all downhill. The bluffs and ravines are beautiful. The sound of running water accompanies you through the first part of the ride, if you don’t have head phones. I am looking forward to doing it at least once more this year, with the fall leaves and the Burkey on my tail this time.
Really enjoy this trail, but it needs clear signage when in the area between the dog park and county road I.
Agree with last reviewer however this trail, besides there being beautiful scenery, has some interesting features like root cracks and bubbles and in some spray painted areas, big trail wide divets. I could never tell if we were on an incline though. Based on the last review the ride back to the West Duluth trailhead should have been a downward slope but it was oddly not. We rode to the Jay Cooke park cutoff before turning back so we could see the waterfalls and the swinging bridge. The trail to the park was not well marked though so use your TrailLink app to make sure you don’t pass it.
Rode start to finish on our tandem. It is all asphalt, no gravel at all. Great burgers and fries at Longhorns in Lester Prairie. They let us fill our Camelback with ice and water before we left. Highly recommend!
Minnesota boat launch and Cedar trailhead is at the other side of trail as well.
I give this 4 stars bc of the sections of the trail that are super bumpy due to tree root issues on the blacktopped surface. We loved the ride-hilly, winding, flat and forested with lots of canopy. Btw there is trail head parking at East Medicine Lake Park. That’s where we parked and there’s a nice bathroom and play area. Would recommend! Just wear your extra padded shorts for the bumpy sections!
For me a 68 year old who just had a total knee in Jan of 22 this was a nice level trail for me. I started where the trail joins another to Stillwater. I rode up to Pine Point Regional Park where the trail ends or begins I suppose if you start there. I kind of made it a round trip riding down Noble Ave to catch the trail to Stillwater just past Hwy 96. No easy way down to that trail as you have to walk bike down under the bridge and very steep embankment to the trail. It’s then pretty much down hill to Stillwater. Low grade hill though. 20 miles round trip. Not bad.
We are able to access this trail right from our home in Maplewood. The trail is very bumpy from Maplewood all the way to Phalen. Perhaps the city is not maintaining it at this time because they want to turn it into a bus line with the trail running along side it. That would be a tragedy for all that use the trail and the homeowners that live along the trail.
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