River to River Greenway


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River to River Greenway Facts

States: Minnesota
Counties: Dakota
Length: 7.5 miles
Trail end points: Kaposia Landing (South St. Paul) and Big Rivers Regional Trail (Lilydale)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8715246


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River to River Greenway Description

The mighty Mississippi and Minnesota River are the two waterways connected by the River to River Greenway. (The project was formerly known by the less colorful moniker North Urban Regional Trail.) Spanning nearly 8 miles, the trail is part of a larger trail network that will one day consist of more than 200 miles of multi-use trails in Dakota County.

The tree-lined, paved pathway connects the communities of South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, and Lilydale as it travels east to west. It also provides a key link between two major trails: the Mississippi River Regional Trail on its east end and the Big Rivers Regional Trail to the west.

Popular attractions along the route include Kaposia Park with its picturesque ravine, Thompson County Park with woodlands and a lake, Marthaler Park (notable for its fishing opportunities), and  Valley Park with picnic areas, a playground, and athletic facilities.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking options from east to west include:

  • Kaposia Park (1028 Wilde Ave., South St. Paul)

  • Thompson County Park (360 Butler Ave. E., West St. Paul)

  • Marthaler Park (1625 Humboldt Ave., West St. Paul)

  • Valley Park (821 Marie Ave., Mendota Heights)

River to River Greenway Reviews

Missing Trail


I started at the east end of this trail, where there is a car park and road 10 miles south along the Mississippi. The trail is on the map, but is not labeled. The pavement was excellant and views of the river were great. I only went up the Caribou Coffee on Highway 53, but the trail goes on from there ever further.

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