Sauk Rapids, MN Birding Trails and Maps

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Central Anoka County Regional Trail

18.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Concrete

Dairyland Trail

10 mi
State: MN
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

26.6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Elm Creek Park Reserve Trails

20 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Great Northern Trail

8.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Grass

Lake Independence Regional Trail

15.9 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Concrete

Lake Wobegon Trail

65.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Luce Line Trail

76.7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass

Paul Bunyan State Trail

121.7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Rum River Regional Trail

3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

St. Cloud River Walk

0.6 mi
State: MN
Concrete

Glacial Lakes State Trail

29 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Lake Koronis Recreational Trail

20 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Medicine Lake Regional Trail

15.64 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Ox Cart Trail

2.2 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Rush Creek Regional Trail

9.64 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Soo Line Recreational Trail

10.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Beaver Islands Trail

5.1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Soo Line Trail (Southern Route)

114.5 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Gravel

Crystal Lake Regional Trail

4.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt
Accordion

Eastern Star Trail

0.6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Mora Multi-Purpose Trail

5.48 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Prairie Lane Trail

0.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Rocori Trail

3.2 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Scenic River Trail

3.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Wilderness Trail (MN)

1.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Central Anoka County Regional Trail runs through Anoka County in the suburbs of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. When completed, it will be 26 miles long. As of 2019, four sections have been built,...
MN 18.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Phase one of the development of central Minnesota’s Dairyland Trail was completed in April 2013, allowing trail users to hike, bike, or ride a horse for more than 6 miles between the small towns of...
MN 10 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
The Elm Creek Park Reserve is an outdoor lovers’ dream. At 4,900 acres, it’s the largest park in Hennepin County. The park provides enough amenities to keep people coming all year round. Cyclists...
MN 20 mi Asphalt
The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route through the city of Elk River and into the city of Zimmerman on northwest outskirts of Minneapolis.  For 8.5 miles, the rail-trail winds...
MN 8.5 mi Asphalt, Grass
Beginning at the southern tip of the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve in Hanover, the Lake Independence Regional Trail spends most of its 15.9-mile span paralleling County Road 19, cutting a straight path...
MN 15.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
As fans of public radio can tell you, this trail’s namesake is the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, made famous by author and radio personality Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion. Along the...
MN 65.5 mi Asphalt
Overview The Luce Line Trail leads between Minnesota's rural landscapes and urban Minneapolis, traveling through suburbs and wooded stretches, across wetlands, near lakes, through tallgrass prairie...
MN 76.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass
Overview The Paul Bunyan State Trail, which stretches 119 miles from Bemidji to Brainerd, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. The multiuse, fully paved trail is mainly for...
MN 121.7 mi Asphalt
The Rum River Regional Trail in Anoka, the trail stretches near three miles, including two-short on-road segments. The trail begins in the Akin Riverside Park, at the intersection with the Mississippi...
MN 3 mi Asphalt
The St. Cloud River Walk, stretching just over a half mile, is nestled between the St. Cloud State University campus and the tree-lined western bank of the Mississippi River. For a longer trip, you...
MN 0.6 mi Concrete
The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Willmar and about 1 mile west of Paynesville at...
MN 29 mi Asphalt
As you walk, bike or skate this smooth trail around Lake Koronis, you'll enjoy take in scenic views of water, farmland, and forests and Native American burial mounds. The trail rings around the lake...
MN 20 mi Asphalt
Medicine Lake Regional Trail offers a plethora of experiences along its nearly 16-mile length. Kicking off in the Elm Creek Park Reserve in the north, the trail cuts a swath through the Maple Grove...
MN 15.64 mi Asphalt
The Ox Cart Trail threads through four parks on the east bank of the Mississippi River, in the City of Sauk Rapids. The trail takes users on a journey through time as well as space, as it occupies the...
MN 2.2 mi Asphalt
Rush Creek Regional Trail stretches 9.6 miles across forests and farmland, offering a convenient connection to some of Hennepin County’s most interesting parks. The path is smooth, wide and mostly...
MN 9.64 mi Asphalt
The Soo Line Recreational Trail is a continuation of the Soo Line Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton, Minnesota. This 10-mile segment, however, does not permit motorized uses, unlike its...
MN 10.5 mi Asphalt
The Beaver Islands Trail follows the route of an inactive railway that was originally part of a charter railroad of the Minneapolis and Northwestern Railway Company. Built in 1882, the railroad line...
MN 5.1 mi Asphalt
Overview Unlike the traditional rail trail, which are often most used by bikers, the Soo Line Trail (Southern Route) is primarily an ATV trail and is composed of a primarily rough dirt and gravel...
MN 114.5 mi Ballast, Gravel
Crystal Lake Regional Trail connects two cities—Robbinsdale and Crystal—in the northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis. It also links to the Twin Lakes Regional Trail and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway,...
MN 4.3 mi Asphalt
Accordion
Eastern Star Trail is over a half-mile long and is located in a Sauk Rapids subdivision. The non-motorized trail sits between homes, allowing neighbors to explore the nearby wetlands as well as access...
MN 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Mississippi River Regional Trail in Anoka County stretches over 19 miles along the the east side of the river. The trail crosses the county from north to south, running through the communities of...
MN 19.2 mi Asphalt
This paved, multiuse trail stretches more than 5 miles around the northern edge of the City of Mora. The route mostly runs through fields and woodlands with the occasional stretch of trail passing...
MN 5.48 mi Asphalt
Located in a residential subdivision of Sauk Rapids, the Prairie Lane Trail wraps around a set of pleasantly landscaped retention ponds. The trail is hard-surface and accessorized with lighting and...
MN 0.8 mi Asphalt
Minnesota’s Rocori Trail is named for the three small towns through which it runs (Richmond, Cold Spring and Rockville). From its western end in Richmond, the paved rail-trail heads east through Cold...
MN 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Scenic River Trail doesn't actually provide any scenic river views, as its name implies. It does however connect to the Beaver Island Trail and the St. Cloud River Bluffs Regional Park, which do....
MN 3.3 mi Asphalt
The Wilderness Trail is located along an active BNSF railway line in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The trail connects users to the Bunker Hills Regional Park on the north side, while it meets the Sand Creek...
MN 1.3 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

Lake Wobegon Trail

Recommend!

July, 2024 by xgqrms2jbn

I rode from Albany to West Union. I wish there were long trails like this where I live. Very well maintained and smooth. I hope to take the north leg to the covered bridge also.

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Glacial Lakes State Trail

Nice ride

July, 2024 by xgqrms2jbn

I rode from Paynesville to Spicer. There were a few wide cracks you wouldn't want to get caught off guard but otherwise the trail is in good repair. The trail is closed just a bit past Hawick heading west but I was able to move over to the closed hwy 23 for a mile or so to detour back to the trail. Very nice summer's day ride. I would recommend riding this trail if you have the chance.

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Elm Creek Park Reserve Trails

Best place to ride in the twin cities

October, 2023 by robertstelton

Best place to ride in the twin cities

Accordion

Luce Line Trail

Thompson Lake (Cosmos) to Silver Lake

September, 2023 by bethanyrust

I covered the Thompson Lake to Oddfellows Park in Hutch at the end of July on a bike. There is plenty of parking and shade at Cosmos County Park and a bathroom with running water. The trail starts as Cadillac gravel through trees and then pops out to a gravel parking lot next to grain bins and a business. At the 4 way stop, it’s an easy crossing of highway 7 and a Casey’s to load up on snacks and water. It isn’t well marked to pick the trail back up, make a left at Gemini Ave and you find the sign for the trail. This is where the fun begins in my opinion. It starts gravel, but turns to grass. At the time I rode, the grass had not been mowed, but was 100% rideable. Your mileage may vary depending on bike and fitness level. The grass section is about 8 miles and incredibly beautiful to be riding through sloughs and catching a glimpse of what this prairie once was. The trail turns back to gravel after Cedar Mills, then eventually pavement near Hutch. An easy access gas station with bathrooms and water refill and snacks is next to Oddfellows Park. Though the parks in this section have restrooms as well.

Continuing on the trail, you arrive in a campground that accommodates both RVs and tents next to the Crow Wing River. Plenty of shade, a beautiful view of the river, and each spot has a fire ring and a picnic table. You will get traffic noise, but the location and amenities are worth it. The city of Hutchinson has done an impressive job incorporating this trail as a city resource. I saw lots of walkers, runners, and young kids on bikes using the trail to navigate the area.

Continuing on to Silver Lake, the trail surface is paved, but gets a little more rough. There are areas where some of the cracks are large enough to grab a narrow tire, so mind the gap. The scenery on this September ride was beautiful. I made the side trip to the Crow Wing Winery, just to check out the gravel trail. This is also a worthy stop for yummy food and a glass of wine, with both indoor and outdoor seating. The trail to Silver Lake remains about the same with lots of sumac and trees to shade the trail.

I absolutely think this would make a wonderful and pretty easy bikepacking trip.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Scenic Nisswa to Pequot Lakes

September, 2023 by nancybro5

We rode bikes from a dirt parking area at 7111Co Rd 13 in Nisswa, MN right onto the Paul Bunyan trail. The trail is relatively smooth & very scenic with lakes & tree coverage beside the trail from Nisswa to Pequot Lakes but further north it gets very bumpy due to frost cracks. Nisswa has many fun shops & great places to eat so suggest this stop. Will do this trail to the south of Nisswa to Brainerd next summer.

Great Northern Trail

Twice we've taken this trail for a Sunday outing from Woodland Park in Elk River to Zimmerman, enjoying a light lunch @ D's Smokehouse & then back. Can't wait for the continued expansion north.

August, 2023 by rkmjjg

Twice we've taken this trail for a Sunday outing from Woodland Park in Elk River to Zimmerman, enjoying a light lunch @ D's Smokehouse & then back. Can't wait for the continued expansion north.

Luce Line Trail

The trail is a really nice trail to ride, nice scenery when you ride. However, once you get past Cedar Mills heading West towards Cosmos. That's when it changes grass is thick and makes hard to ride.

August, 2023 by johnhousenick

The trail is a really nice trail to ride, nice scenery when you ride. However, once you get past Cedar Mills heading West towards Cosmos. That's when it changes grass is thick and makes hard to ride.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

paul bunyan trail Bimidji

August, 2023 by kddobb

Enjoyed the mostly level, well maintained surface. Need some bathrooms or places to get water. Did a century ride one day, great trail but signage needs improvement. Around the Walker area very confusing. Trail around Lake Bimidji and into Bimidji state park was a beautiful ride. Stayed at the Comfort Inn in Bimidji, lakeview room. Awesome.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Worth the Effort

August, 2023 by jkboucher

I rode the trail in 2 days, staying overnight in Walker. Would have been better to stay in Hackensack, as it was about 80 miles to Walker, with hills the last 7 miles. Soulshine Cycles in Hackensack provides shuttle service among other services. Brainard and Bemidgi have trails throughout the town (nice that they are bike-friendly) but usually are not marked, therefore easy to get "lost". Trail surface was a bit rough in places but nothing too serious. New paved spur at end of trail leads to Bemidgi State Park. Be sure to check out The Chocolate Ox in Nisswa.

Soo Line Recreational Trail

Worse maintained Trail in the state

August, 2023 by bgau

Morrison County does a terrible job maintaining the trail. If you don’t remove fallen branches yourself, it won’t get done. During the last two summers, I have experienced most of the major trails in the state. I see all sorts of conditions, including smoothness of the trail to debris not removed. Lake Wobegon Trail, which is located mainly in Stearns County, is one of the best maintained trails in the state. The Root River Trail is also one of the best. I do not recommend the Soo Line Trail due to lack of maintenance.

Lake Wobegon Trail

fabuloso

August, 2023 by bkel

Great surface, beautiful farmland. Didn’t make it to the covered bridge.

Great Northern Trail

newly paved!

August, 2023 by ellencstoehr

I just went for my first road bike experience yesterday on this trail, driving to zimmerman to hop on it. To my luck, I came to find it was newly paved! It’s a lovely route to elk River and I actually think it may be closer to 8 or 9 miles one way, according to mile markers. The only down side is the stretch of land east to the elk River landfill…depending on which way the wind is blowing, it can be stinky. I can’t wait to bike again!

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