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The Rice Creek North Regional Trail serves multiple purposes: it’s a connector, running through the two counties (Anoka and Ramsey) and five cities: Lino Lakes, Circle Pines, Blaine, Shoreview and Arden Hills. It is a space for safe non-motorized travel as well as active recreation. And it is a celebration of nature: beginning with the stand of pine trees that line its north entrance. The trail begins in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park, where it threads deftly between the big water bodies. In just 13 miles, users can walk, jog, and bike through restored prairies, mesic woodlands and riparian marsh. The Rice Creek corridor is also home to wildlife such as white-tailed deer and diverse birdlife including ospreys, kestrels and bluebirds. South of County Road I in Arden Hills the trail loops around Rice Creek.
While in the park, visitors can also engage in activities ranging from picnics, canoeing and kayaking. Your canine companions can also get in on the action: there is an off-leash dog park off Lexington Avenue.
From north to south, here are the places you can access the trail:
You can also access the trail on any of the intersecting streets. There may be fees charged to drivers entering the Regional Park. Check the website for rates.
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