Bike trek: Tour of Twin Cities bike trails


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This map locates the major biking trails in the Twin Cities metro area. The videos provide a tour of the popular trails.

1. Gateway Trail
Starts near the St. Paul Capitol and goes to Pine Point Park in Stillwater.
Length: 18.3 miles
Maintained by: DNR

2. Sam Morgan Trail
Goes from Hidden Falls/Crosby Farms Regional Park (Hwy. 5 and Shepard Road) to Battle Creek Regional Park.
Length: 5.9 miles
Maintained by: St. Paul Parks and Recreation

3. Big Rivers Trail
Runs along the east side of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers from Pilot Knob Road to Lilydale Road.
Length: 4.5 Miles
Maintained by: Dakota County Parks

4. Minnehaha Trail
Starts at Fort Snelling and continues to Minnehaha Falls.
Length: 5 miles
Maintained by: DNR

5. Grand Rounds
The loop around Minneapolis includes the downtown riverfront, the chain of lakes, Victory Memorial Drive, Minnehaha and Theodore Wirth Park.
Length: 50 miles
Maintained by: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

6. LRT Regional Trail (Cedar Lake LRT/ Minnesota River Bluffs LRT)
Located at the future site of the Southwest Light Rail Transit route, the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail runs from France Avenue to Hwy 169. The Minnesota River Bluffs LRT trail continues from Hwy. 169 south to Chanhassen.
Length: 16.5 miles
Maintained by: Three Rivers Park District

7. Midtown Greenway
Runs from West River Parkway (near Brackett Field) to St. Louis Park (Lake Street and Chowen Avenue).
Length: 5.66 miles
Maintained by: City of Minneapolis

8. Cedar Lake Regional Trail
Runs from 7th Street near downtown Minneapolis to Hwy 100 in St. Louis Park. Then it turns into North Cedar Lake Trail and heads southwest to Hopkins.
Length: 6.5 miles
Maintained by: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Three Rivers Park District

9. Luce Line
Consists of three sections. The Luce Line State Trail runs 63 miles from Cosmos to Plymouth. The Luce Line Regional Trail is an 8.8 mile new addition (2 miles are still under construction, but will be completed in 2009) that runs from the end of the state trail into Minneapolis through Theodore Wirth Park. The trail changes ownership when it enters Minneapolis, so the final section of the Luce Line connects Theodore Wirth Park to the Cedar Lake Trail.
Length: 74 miles
Owned by: DNR (state trail), Three Rivers Park District (regional trail), and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (Minneapolis section)

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Richard Callahan on 07/03/2009 - 01:01 pm.

    I wish St. Paul would get on the bandwagon.

  2. Submitted by Rick Ley on 07/03/2009 - 02:52 pm.

    As a Saint Paulite who rides his bike to commute and for recreation I am disappointed in the poor job this map does of representing Saint Paul bike trails.

    Where is the Grand Rounds in Saint Paul? The Battle Creek Trail? The Bruce Vento Trail?

    This URL leads to an accurate map of Saint Paul bike trails (and all it took was a Google search!): http://mn-stpaul.civicplus.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2804

  3. Submitted by George Carlson on 07/04/2009 - 01:20 pm.

    St. Paul is not alone. The map doesn’t show the major and highly used trail from Hopkins through the Minnetonka Mills area of Minnetonka and then to Deephaven, Excelsior and Victoria.

  4. Submitted by Ed Wilts on 07/19/2009 - 09:49 pm.

    This map, although it has some good trails, is seriously lacking. There is no mention of the North Hennepin Regional Trail, Medicine Lake Trail, Rice Creek Trail, and many others.

    Some of these trails are here: http://www.metrocouncil.org/parks/map/parksmap.pdf

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