Recommended Minnesota Trails for the Family

Dakota Rail Regional Trail — West Metro

www.threeriversparks.org/location/dakota-rail-regional-trail/

  • No pass required
  • Wayzata, Orono, Mound, St. Bonifacius
  • 13 miles (paved)
  • Multiple stops along the way for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks.

Luce Line — West Metro

www.luceline.com

  • No pass required
  • Plymouth to Cosmos, MN
  • 63 miles
  • Multiple stops along the way for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks.

LRT Trail — West Metro

www.traillink.com/trail/lake-minnetonka-lrt-regional-trail/

  • No pass required
  • Hopkins to Victoria, MN
  • 15 miles
  • Limited stops along the way for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks.

Grand Rounds — Metro

www.exploreminnesota.com/travel-ideas/grand-rounds-scenic-byway-showcases-minneapolis/

  • No pass required
  • 55 miles (paved)
  • Multiple stops along the way for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks.

Cannon Valley Trail — South of the Metro

www.cannonvalleytrail.com

  • No pass required
  • 19.7 miles (paved)
  • Limited stops along the way for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks.

Root River State Trail — SouthEast MN

www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/root_river/index.html

  • No pass required
  • Lanesboro to Houston, MN
  • 42 miles (paved)
  • Limited stops for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks.

Blufflands State Trail Harmony: Preston Segment — SouthEast MN

www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/blufflands/harmony_preston.html

  • No pass required
  • Harmony to Preston, MN
  • 18 miles (paved)
  • May not be suitable for all riders­—several hills with strenuous inclines throughout the length of the trail. Limited stops for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks.

Mesabi Trail — Northern MN

www.mesabitrail.com

  • Pass required: $5 Obtain online, at an established vendor (see website), or at entry point self-pay boxes.
  • Grand Rapids to Ely, MN
  • 155 miles (paved)
  • Limited stops for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks.

Root River State Trail — St. Paul to Grand Portage, MN

www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/usbr41/

  • No pass required
  • CHS Field in St. Paul to Grand Portage, MN
  • 355 miles (paved)
  • Includes some riding on the shoulder of highways and main roads. Portions may not be suitable for younger riders under 10 years of age. Multiple stops for refilling water, taking a bathroom break, snacks. Long stretches where there are no rest stops—please consult trail map.

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