Mankato, MN Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Clear Lake Bike Trail System

5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Cologne Community Trail

3.2 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Courthouse Loop Trail

1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

26.6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Loon Lake Trail System

2.2 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Sleepy Eye Lake Bike Trail

3.12 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

South Route Trail

8.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Straight River Trail

8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Waconia Shared Use Path

1.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Blazing Star State Trail

6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Chaska Ravine Trail

5.1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Dirt

Mill Towns State Trail

6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail

19.91 mi
State: MN
Crushed Stone

Minnesota Valley State Trail

34.1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Red Jacket Trail

6.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

39.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

North Minnesota River Trail

4.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Batchelder Trail

1.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Chaska Creek Trail

0.9 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Minneopa Trail

2.7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt
Accordion

New Ulm Bike Circle

6.9 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Northern Link Trail

1.42 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Park Avenue NW Trail

1.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

River Bend Trail (MN)

1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Young America Rail Trail

1 mi
State: MN
Dirt, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Circling around the 652-acre lake on the eastern edge of Waseca, the Clear Lake Bike Trail System provides a fun recreational experience and a unique way to explore this pristine body of water. A very...
MN 5 mi Asphalt
The Cologne Community Trail meanders from the south to the north of the city of Cologne linking residents to important civic and recreational destinations in their community. The asphalt recreational...
MN 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Courthouse Loop Trail is one of several trails located in the Carver County city of Chaska. As the name suggests, the trail forms a loop around Courthouse Lake, which sits directly behind the...
MN 1 mi Asphalt
Sections of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, which extends westward from the Minneapolis suburbs situated along Lake Minnetonka, have been opening since June 2009. The trail occupies the former Dakota...
MN 26.6 mi Asphalt
Largely constructed on a former rail corridor running north/south out of the city of Waseca, the Loon Lake Trail is a short but sweet trail that provides residents with off-road access to important...
MN 2.2 mi Asphalt
Run, roll or ride the Sleepy Eye Lake Trail, to get a 360-degree experience of the whole lake. The asphalt trail has two main trailheads: Allison's Park on the south side of the lake and Sportsmen's...
MN 3.12 mi Asphalt
The South Route Trail begins west of Mankato in Minneopa State Park, known for its beautiful waterfalls and views of the Minnesota River Valley. Heading southeast from the park, following County Road...
MN 8.3 mi Asphalt
The Straight River Trail forms a backwards L as it runs north-south through Faribault and then curves west. The paved trail begins at the Cannon River Reservoir, then travels through woodlands in Two...
MN 8 mi Asphalt
The Waconia Shared Use Path allows residents to get to their neighborhoods parks safely on foot or by bike. The asphalt trail goes from Waterford Park in the west, a small park with passive green...
MN 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between the Lakes,” and the trail begins on the northern shore of one of the...
MN 6 mi Asphalt
The Chaska Ravine Trail is a hidden gem for cyclists and pedestrians looking to travel off the beaten path within the suburban community, offering a quiet, natural pathway right in the midst of...
MN 5.1 mi Asphalt, Dirt
At one time, flour and grist mills dotted the Cannon River Valley. These mills formed the backbone industry for a number of towns. The Mill Towns State Trail seeks to honor this legacy with a planned...
MN 6 mi Asphalt
Overview The Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail runs southwest from the Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins to Carver Bluffs Parkway and Carver Creek Circle. The trail is over 19 miles in length...
MN 19.91 mi Crushed Stone
Notice: Check Minnesota DNR for current conditions and potential closure information. Overview The Minnesota Valley State Trail is used by cyclists, equestrians, hikers, snowmobilers, and...
MN 34.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview The popular Red Jacket Trail, which runs south from Mankato, utilizes three converted railroad trestles, including the stunning Red Jacket Trestle, which is more than 80 feet high and 550...
MN 6.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview This trail is so nice they named it twice: Sakatah is the Dakota word for “singing hills.” The Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation originally lived in this scenic part of Minnesota,...
MN 39.3 mi Asphalt
The paved North Minnesota River Trail hugs its namesake river for much of its journey on the western end of Mankato. Along the way, it offers views of the river, limestone cliffs and the city. From...
MN 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Batchelder Trail is a local walking and biking path in Faribault, Minnesota, a city south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro. The asphalt trail starts on Park Avenue and winds behind a residential...
MN 1.3 mi Asphalt
The City of Chaska has a number of multi-use paths and trails. Following Chaska Creek, this 2-mile paved path curves around the west side of the city's downtown to meet the Minnesota River. Heading...
MN 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Minneopa Trail is part of Mankato's catalogue of trails including Red Jacket Trail, the South Route Trail, the North Minnesota River Trail and the nearly 40-mile Skatah Singing Hills State...
MN 2.7 mi Asphalt
Accordion
While the idea is to have a bike-ped loop around the city of New Ulm, on the ground there are two discrete off-street segments of trail. The first is 4.9 miles long, from 20th Street to Broadway,...
MN 6.9 mi Asphalt
The Northern Link Trail provides a pleasant walking and biking experience in Faribault County. The hard surface trail forms a V-shape, starting at the Two Rivers Park parking area in the east and...
MN 1.42 mi Asphalt
Faribault is a city about half an hour south of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the eastern endpoint of one of Minnesota's 40-mile Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. In addition to the regional trails, the...
MN 1.5 mi Asphalt
Although short, the River Bend Trail provides access to a recreational gem, the River Bend Nature Center, a 750-acre park with woodlands, prairie, rivers, and ponds. Along the way, the paved trail...
MN 1 mi Asphalt
The Young America Rail Trail runs for a mile through the City of Norwood Young America. The route partially follows a former railroad corridor. The trail surface is primarily dirt and...
MN 1 mi Dirt, Grass

Recent Trail Reviews

Sleepy Eye Lake Bike Trail

It's a nice, well-maintained trail that goes around the lake.

July, 2024 by gr8white_74

It's a nice, well-maintained trail that goes around the lake.

Chaska Ravine Trail

It has its moments

April, 2024 by rmtrsws6g4

This could be a really nice trail. I was trying to connect from the Minnesota Valley Trail to the Lake Minnetonka Trail and thought this would be a nicer ride than taking Jonathan Carver Parkway. Unfortunately, signage is non-existent along this trail and it splits at multiple places so staying on the trail requires a lot of stopping and checking your map. On the positive side, it has a lot of potential and the gravel sections were fun.

Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail

Fun gravel ride

October, 2023 by rmtrsws6g4

This has been on my to-do list for a while. Finally did it out-back from Hopkins and it didn’t disappoint. Great views and interesting scenery. The signage could be better around highway 62 and in Chaska, but it’s pretty good elsewhere. Looking forward to riding it again next year!

Accordion

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Scenic. Gradual elevation change. Smooth.

October, 2023 by l_kunz

Context: Rode trail end to end both directions on a m road bike w 700 X 23m tires. Past reviews seem accurate wrt beauty of surrounding landscape. Disregard older reviews re poor pavement conditions. The pavement is smooth end to end. An occasional weather crack (closer to Faribault) is typically marked. Would ride again on same bike any day.

Minnesota Valley State Trail

Horse trail or dirt bike maybe?

August, 2023 by plyman38

I attempted this trail for the first time last week. I agree with one of the reviews where the beginning point in Belle Plaine is tough to find. The parking lot is may be enough for three or four cars gets washed out dirt all rutted. After unloading my bike, I went to what appeared to be the entrance completely overgrown with weeds. My E bike gives me 40 miles to a battery. I tried going through just a mile and coming back, a total of 2 miles, it used up 25% of my battery due to so much mud. It would be perfect for a gas dirtbike. Not worth a trip.

North Minnesota River Trail

A connection to better trails

July, 2023 by timbee205_tl

As the last reviewer said "it's a horrible trail". Lots of bumps, ruts, cracks, etc. The main trailhead in the downtown area is very nice, you do go thru a nice park eventually and it connects to a couple of other trails. Probably better to start at the other trails or parks in the first place. Until this trail gets re-paved, better to avoid it.

Minnesota Valley State Trail

My husband and I rode our ebikes from Shakopee to Carver. Majority of the ride was under tree canopy with nice views of the MN river. We are just getting into riding, the trail level was appropriate for us. Enjoy!

July, 2023 by blueribbonjac

My husband and I rode our ebikes from Shakopee to Carver. Majority of the ride was under tree canopy with nice views of the MN river. We are just getting into riding, the trail level was appropriate for us. Enjoy!

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Worth a trip

July, 2023 by klarson5

My wife and I have been riding trails from Florida to Minnesota over the last 2 months. This trail has been one of the best so far! Its wide, paved, shaded, and generally very smooth. What a gem!

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Nice way to take in Lake Minnetonka

July, 2023 by trob4cy

Nice surface and well maintained trail. Stop by the Minnetonka drive in while in Mound.

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Very Beautiful!

December, 2022 by jenniferrajamn

Walked in the Mound part of the trail!

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

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!

September, 2022 by cjhf48

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!

North Minnesota River Trail

Horrible Trail

August, 2022 by mleabattani

I wouldn't recommend this trail to anyone. It is probably the worst trail I have ridden. In terrible shape with lots of cracks and bumps, riding along the river is harrowing at best very steep hills with cracks and leans towards the rock covered embankment new to the river. Stay away from this trail.

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