Although short, the Dinkytown Greenway provides an important connection in a biking network connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul. The trail begins near TCF Bank Stadium and runs through the University of Minnesota’s campus on the east bank of the Mississippi River. On the east side of the stadium, a connection can be made to the U of M's Transitway, which connects the school's Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.
Part of the greenway runs through a former railroad trench with the Dinkytown community (for which the trail is named) visible overhead. A staircase will soon connect the greenway with Dinkytown proper.
As the trail heads west, it crosses Bridge #9, once used by Northern Pacific Railroad, but now open for bicyclists and pedestrians. The views from the bridge are quite spectacular. The trail ends on the river's west bank. A future phase of construction will continue the trail under I-35W to 13th Avenue South.
Public parking adjacent to the Dinkytown Greenway is available at the following locations:
- Maroon Lot (2010 6th Street SE)
- Lot 37 (1811 5th Street SE)
- 4th Street Ramp (1625 4th Street SE)