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Length
Surfaces
Type

Afton to Lakeland Trail

4 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Arrowhead State Trail

135 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Battle Creek Regional Park Trail

2 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Bear Island Lake Trail

21.7 mi
State: MN
Ballast

Beaver Island Trail

5.1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Big Rivers Regional Trail

4.4 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Blazing Star State Trail

6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Blue Ox Trail (Voyageur Trail)

96.5 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Dirt

Bottineau Trail

3.2 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Bruce Vento Regional Trail

7.97 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Cannon Valley Trail

19.7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Casey Jones State Trail

20.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Grass, Gravel

Clear Lake Bike Trail System

5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

26.6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Gravel

Douglas State Trail

12.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Duluth Lakewalk

7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Gandy Dancer Trail - Northern Section

51 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Dirt

Gitchi-Gami State Trail

28.6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Glacial Lakes State Trail

29 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Goodhue Pioneer State Trail

9.7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt
Accordion

Great Northern Trail

4.6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Grass

Greenway of Greater Grand Forks

21.1 mi
State: MN, ND
Asphalt

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

18 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Heartland State Trail

49 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Iron Ore Trail

11.6 mi
State: MN
Ballast

Kenilworth Trail

1.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Lake Wobegon Trail

65.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Longyear Lake Trail

1.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Loon Lake Trail System

2.2 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Luce Line Trail

72.9 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass

Mesabi Trail

105.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Minnehaha Trail

5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail

19.91 mi
State: MN
Crushed Stone

Minnesota River State Trail

12.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Dirt

Minnesota Valley State Trail

27.1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Paul Bunyan State Trail

119.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Rainy Lake Trail

12.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Red Jacket Trail

6.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Rocori Trail

3.2 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Root River State Trail

42 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

39 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Shooting Star State Trail

18.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Soo Line Recreational Trail

10.5 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Soo Line Trail - Northern Route

113 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Gravel

Soo Line Trail - Southern Route

105.6 mi
State: MN
Ballast, Gravel

Swedish Immigrant Trail

3.4 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Taconite State Trail

165 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

West River Parkway Trail

8.9 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Concrete

Western Waterfront Trail

3.4 mi
State: MN
Gravel

Willard Munger State Trail (Alex Laveau Memorial Trail)

8.7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Willard Munger State Trail (Matthew Lourey State Trail)

81.8 mi
State: MN
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Afton to Lakeland Trail links its namesake towns on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River. The trail runs between Quinlan Avenue North/Eighth Street at Crocker Park in Lakeland and Pike Avenue...
MN 4 mi Asphalt
Arrowhead State Trail runs between the Taconite State Trail at Pike River Flowage near Peyla and to 3 miles south of International Falls (east of I-71 near Chapple). The trail is popular among...
MN 135 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Closure Notice: Beginning Oct.28, 2020 through Fall 2021, segments of this trail north and south of Upper Afton Road will be closed to allow for a regional sewer rehabilitation project. The Point...
MN 2 mi Asphalt
Much of Bear Island Lake Trail passes through Bear Island Lake State Forest in Minnesota's northern reaches, near Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The lake itself is huge, with...
MN 21.7 mi Ballast
Beaver Island 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
The Big Rivers Regional Trail runs along the upper portion of what was originally a two-tiered section of railroad track built for one of the state’s oldest lines, the Minnesota Central Railroad. At...
MN 4.4 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 Blue Ox–Voyageur Trail is a multi-use trail that permits ATVs and snowmobiles. It also accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians along the former railroad right-of-way between...
MN 96.5 mi Ballast, Dirt
The 3-mile-long Bottineau Trail runs through the small town of Red Lake Falls to a rural area to its north. The trail is named after Pierre Bottineau, a Minnesota frontiersman who died in the...
MN 3.2 mi Asphalt
The trail is named in honor of Bruce Frank Vento, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 until his death in 2000, representing Minnesota’s fourth congressional district. Vento is...
MN 7.97 mi Asphalt
The Cannon Valley Trail, which became a National Recreation Trail in 2018, links the southeastern Minnesota communities of Red Wing, Welch, and Cannon Falls along the former route of the Chicago Great...
MN 19.7 mi Asphalt
Three separate segments make up the Casey Jones State Trail, which is one of the first state trails authorized by Minnesota state trail legislation in the 1960s. The rail-trail is named for the...
MN 20.5 mi Asphalt, Grass, Gravel
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
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, Gravel
The Douglas State Trail occupies the railbed of the former Chicago Great Western Railway corridor between the cities of Rochester and Pine Island. Several of the concrete obelisk railroad mile markers...
MN 12.5 mi Asphalt
The Duluth Lakewalk extends between Canal Park and S. 60th Avenue E. near University Park. The southern half of the trail follows the shore of Lake Superior quite closely from the south end to 26th...
MN 7 mi Asphalt
This 98-mile, "interstate" trail crosses into Minnesota and then back again into Wisconsin on its way from St. Croix Falls to its connection with the Saunders State Trail just south of Superior. In...
MN 51 mi Ballast, Dirt
Then completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail will traverse 88 paved miles between the cities of Two Harbors and Grand Marais on Lake Superior’s northern shore. Currently, several segments, totaling...
MN 28.6 mi Asphalt
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
The Goodhue Pioneer State Trail is a work in progress as part of a planned 47-mile trail linking the cities of Red Wing, Goodhue, Zumbrota, Mazeppa, Bellechester, and Pine Island along an inactive...
MN 9.7 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route across the city of Elk River on the fringe of the northwestern outskirts of Minneapolis. For nearly 5 miles, the rail-trail winds through the...
MN 4.6 mi Asphalt, Grass
Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, host a network of paved paths along the Red River and Red Lake River that form the border between these two cities. At just more than 20...
MN, ND 21.1 mi Asphalt
The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is...
MN 18 mi Asphalt
The Heartland State Trail is one of many long-distance trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When established in 1974, it became one of the first rail-trail conversions in...
MN 49 mi Asphalt
The Iron Trail follows an old railroad corridor for 15 miles between the towns of Tower and Embarrass in northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters region. The trail traverses a mix of boreal forest and...
MN 11.6 mi Ballast
The Kenilworth Trail runs through dense forest along the eastern side of Minnesota's Cedar Lake. Occasionally, trail users can catch glimpses of some of the stately residences in the ritzy Minneapolis...
MN 1.5 mi Asphalt
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
The Longyear Lake Trail encircles its namesake lake in the city of Chisholm, Minnesota. On the southeast side of the trail at 4th Avenue, trail users can connect directly with the 115-mile Mesabi...
MN 1.8 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
The Luce Line Trail occupies the former railbed of the Electric Short Line Railroad, started in 1908. The tracks continued to be expanded into the late 1920s, when the rail line became known as the...
MN 72.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass
Running through the colorful heart of northern Minnesota’s Iron Range region, the Mesabi Trail is well on its way to becoming one of the longer paved trails in the United States. When completed, the...
MN 105.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Minnehaha Trail connects two popular parks in the Twin Cities as it follows Minnehaha Creek through a corridor that is a mix of woodland and open areas. It is sometimes referred to as Minnehaha Creek...
MN 5 mi Asphalt
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 and occupies...
MN 19.91 mi Crushed Stone
When complete, the Minnesota River State Trail will stretch from Big Stone Lake State Park north of Ortonville to Le Sueur, a distance of more than 175 miles. Currently, three disconnected segments of...
MN 12.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt
As of spring 2016, bridge access to the Minnesota Valley State Trail was still closed at Memorial Park in Shako-pee until further notice. Check the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website...
MN 27.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Paul Bunyan State Trail, stretching 119 miles from Bemidji to Brainerd, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. The multiuse, fully paved trail is mainly for nonmotorized use; however,...
MN 119.3 mi Asphalt
The Rainy Lake Trail offers a scenic route of nearly 13 miles through Northern Minnesota woodlands, marshlands, and lakefront neighborhoods from International Falls to the stunning Voyageurs National...
MN 12.8 mi Asphalt
Named after a Seneca Indian chief who lived in the area until the 1830s, the Red Jacket Trail runs along an old Milwaukee Road (formerly the Minnesota Railroad and the Central Railroad) right-of-way...
MN 6.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Minnesota’s Rocori Trail, named for the three small towns through which it will eventually run (Rockville, Cold Spring, and Richmond), currently has two disconnected segments open for use. The...
MN 3.2 mi Asphalt
Along much of its route, the Root River State Trail follows the winding course of its namesake river for 42 miles through the Minnesota towns of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and...
MN 42 mi Asphalt
Closure notice: Beginning Tuesday, May 26, a 6 mile portion of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail will be closed for reconstruction. The portion of trail affected by this closure is from 5th St. NW...
MN 39 mi Asphalt
Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched...
MN 18.8 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 Soo Line North Trail travels for 113 miles through forest and bog between Moose Lake in the south and Cass Lake in the north. The trail, which is popular with ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in...
MN 113 mi Ballast, Gravel
The Soo Line Trail Southern Route is more popularly known as the Soo Line South ATV Trail. The converted rail-trail runs for 105.6 miles in Minnesota between Royalton and the Minnesota–Wisconsin state...
MN 105.6 mi Ballast, Gravel
The developing Swedish Immigrant Trail will one day span 22 miles from Taylors Falls on the banks of the St. Croix River to the central Minnesota town of Wyoming. The paved trail will run east-west...
MN 3.4 mi Asphalt
The Taconite State Trail runs for 165 miles between Grand Rapids and Ely, Minnesota, but only the first 6 miles in Grand Rapids are paved. Most of the trail is used in winter for snowmobiling and...
MN 165 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The West River Parkway Trail, also known as the Mississippi River Gorge Regional Trail, extends between Plymouth Avenue North opposite Boom Island and Ford Parkway in Minnehaha Regional Park, where...
MN 8.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Developed in 1988, the Western Waterfront Trail (WWT) offers direct access to the shoreline of the St. Louis River estuary in southwestern Duluth. The trail begins right across the street from the...
MN 3.4 mi Gravel
The Willard Munger State Trail is a collection of three multiple use trails roughly stretching between the towns of Hinckley and Duluth. The three trail segments include the Hinckley–Duluth, Alex...
MN 8.7 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Brown’s Creek State Trail, which opened in October 2014, is a 5.9-mile addition to Minnesota’s extensive Willard Munger State Trail system. The rail-trail stretches from the St. Croix riverfront...
MN 5.9 mi Asphalt
The Gateway State Trail is an 18.3-mile-long segment of the Willard Munger State Trail that offers an urban link to the countryside. The western end of this paved trail begins on the north end of...
MN 18.3 mi Asphalt
The Willard Munger State Trail is a collection of three multiple use trails roughly stretching between the towns of Hinckley and Duluth. The three trail segments include the Hinckley–Duluth, Alex...
MN 70 mi Asphalt
The Willard Munger State Trail is a collection of three multiple use trails roughly stretching between the towns of Hinckley and Duluth. The three trail segments include the Hinckley–Duluth, Alex...
MN 81.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail

A Beautiful Historic Trail

November, 2020 by bhimrich

I grew up on the Mississippi River. My husband is a historian and loves bridges. We were married in this bridge. Note you do need a permit from the Minneapolis Parks Department.

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Lovely ride from Waterville to Madison Lake

November, 2020 by mimholmes11

Took advantage of our unseasonably warm November weather to try out this trail. The trail was in excellent shape, smooth and mostly flat. Rode from where trail picks up again on the west side of Waterville to a little past Madison Lake, and back, about 28.5 miles.

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

To Hutchinson Some Day?

November, 2020 by johnrobhill

Trail disintegrates just west of Lester Prairie. Hopefully it will be paved (someday) to Hutchinson--and hook up with Luce Line Trail. Trail in great condition and empty on a beautiful fall day.

Accordion

Root River State Trail

Beautiful Trail!

October, 2020 by dianedv16

We rode this trail late October and sadly missed most of the color, but the trail did not disappoint. My favorite part is from Peterson to Preston. There was very little traffic, few cross streets, mostly flat, and lots of beautiful views. The section going down to Preston was a little rougher than the Root River trail, but probably our favorite section for views. If you want a delicious meal, eat at Old Village Hall in Lanesboro. It was a little expensive, but some of the best food I've ever had!

Luce Line Trail

around Hutchinson

October, 2020 by lorenjohnson101st

Good biking with parks and a nice military memorial by the trail. Did 20 miles in this area. The trees were at their peak colors, beautiful.

Mississippi River Regional Trail (Dakota County)

Fabulous Trail

October, 2020 by mikejward80

I have done both sections of the trail several times. For the So. St. Paul to Pine Bend Trail End I like to start at Simon's Ravine because their are usually parking spots available. This section is a good day's ride for me and it is very interesting because of the mix of river and woods trails with fun street trails.

For the Hastings section I like to start at the Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve Trailhead. It is a huge parking lot and it is where the Hastings section starts. It is about 4 miles of beautiful trail and it runs through Schaar's Bluff. Then it is around 7 miles from there to Hastings. It is a good mix of open country, woods, and street trails. I love where the trail drops through a hillside settlement on to a levee going across the Mississippi then along the locks into the city. There are many great places to eat and drink close to the trail.

This is a beautiful trail and I can't wait for the Pine Bend section to be connected to the Lower Spring Lake Park section. That would make it world class!

River to River Greenway

Fun Trail!

October, 2020 by mikejward80

I started at Simon's Ravine and followed the map I had downloaded on my phone via the Trail Link Map. I have a phone mount on my handlebars so I was able to follow my GPS location along the Trail Link map. It is a great help because their are not any signs to help you on this trail because it is a combination of park and street trails. The downloaded map and having my phone GPS were essential because I tried once before with the printed map from TrailLink and got lost. After reaching the end of the trail, I decided to be adventurous and took the Big Rivers trail and Harriet Island trails to get to the new Robert Piram Trail that a fellow biker at Simon Ravine said was finished. At the end of the Harriet Island trails I took Filmore street toward the St Paul Airport and then took Plato Blvd and that intersected with the Piram trail which I was able to take all the way back to Kaposia landing. Parts of the Piram trail were blocked with Plywood Stands but many people were going around them so I did too. The trail is beautiful and no construction going on anymore on the trail, but no signs like the City Plan says they are going to have. It was a really fun day. After getting to Kaposia, I decided to do another 12 or so miles by doing the MRT to the Swing Bridge and back.
I highly recommend the River to River Greenway because in and of itself it is fun, but it is connected to other great trails so that makes it even better. Also it is cool because it has restaurants along the way and coffee shops so that makes it very enjoyable!

Bruce Vento Regional Trail

Very pretty trail!

October, 2020 by hayleykulstad

This was a great trail and like other reviews stated there is one stretch of it that isn’t great, but doesn’t last long. I would personally start at Lake Phalen and ride north to the end instead of starting in St Paul.

Straight River Trail

The trail was great!!! Not alot of people so very peaceful

October, 2020 by dianer.cmt

The trail was great!!! Not alot of people so very peaceful

Rice Creek West Regional Trail

great!!!

October, 2020 by billymrichards

Went with my dog and we had a blast! It goes along the creek with a lot of bridges. Really pulls you out of the city. Can’t say enough good things

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Best trail in MN for Rollerblading.

September, 2020 by robrob_tl

I average about 3,500 miles per year of Rollerblading on the Dakota Rail Trail. Today I just got my 125th day in a row of Rollerblading a marathon. I'm hoping to get to 150, but it's getting more challenging as all the leaves fall and cover the trail completely. The Hennepin County portion of the trail is beautifully maintained from Hunter's Trail to Wayzata. The west portion to Lester Prairie is horribly maintained for Rollerblading with jarring trail patches, and tons of rocks, sticks, and leaves.

Mesabi Trail

Stunningly beautiful fall foliage

September, 2020 by CarieSmith

The trail from Giants Ridge to just south of Embarrass is in great condition, is fun and challenging with the curves and elevation gain, and has spectacular scenery especially in late September.

The trail from Giants Ridge to Aurora and around St. James lake is similarly fun and beautiful.

We travel from central Illinois (over 650 miles) every fall in order to ride these sections of the trail and it is well worth the drive. We highly recommend it.

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