Explore the most popular rails trails trails in Minnesota with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

road biking
2 months ago

Great views on leisurely ride

road biking
3 months ago

Wife dropped me and my bicycle off in Brainerd and picked me up in Walker. It's great as a point to point bike ride as it takes you through many small towns and lakes in the heart of Minnesota. Walker is a pretty cool little town and I would recommend staying overnight at Chase on the Lake. It's a shame there aren't better restaurant options though. Once you get close to Walker there are a few other trails that branch off, so you might want to freshen up on the map in that area before heading out. Also the trail is in pretty good shape, but there are so many trees that there will probably be a decent amount of debris, so just be mindful because a simple acorn could really ruin your day.

Love to ride it, great scenery and easy going.

on Cannon Valley Trail

road biking
5 months ago

Great trail from Cannon Falls to Red Wing! Many spots on the trail you can see the river and the surrounding bluffs. Had some open areas with lots of wild flowers to enjoy also. We even had a deer cross the trail right in front of us!! And there were many other birds and wildlife that was present too

5 months ago

Great trail! Paved with lots of walkers, bikers, and skaters. Fairly well lite. Some parts of the trail are in rough neighborhoods. Great commuter trail as it’s easy to access and travels through many places.

on Cannon Valley Trail

road biking
5 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful views of the bluffs and river. Easy 40 mile round trip from Cannon Falls to Red Wing.

road biking
5 months ago

Very well maintained and very popular. There’s steady traffic on the weekends, but be sure to bring bug spray lots and lots of bug spray. There’s stagnant water through the valley.

Nice flat, paved trail and shaded most of the way. I rode from Faribault to Waterville on this trail and it’s was a fun ride! Somewhat scenic with the lakes near the trail too. My goal is to ride this trail from Faribault to Mankato one way, 40 miles approximately

road biking
6 months ago

This trail is one of my favorites.

Great all around trail for activities such as biking, birding, running, walking, and rollerblading. Enjoyable for so many people.

road biking
7 months ago

Easy peasy, just avoid the crowds of the weekend and holidays. Great cross town connector.

Great unpaved trails that were relatively easy to navigate. Small amount of wildlife visible— most of it heard. Serene & easy to get back to paved trails for ease of navigation.

road biking
8 months ago

Great and scenic route! We saw deer, eagles, beavers, and turtles!

There are some good inclined that are tiring so but well worth it!

Beautiful trail with lots to keep you occupied while running! Had a great 18 mile run today! Will definitely go back!!

Would be great for bike rides or ATVs, it’s flat, paved and easy.

Has been a paved bike trial for over 5 years. Connects to the Wobegon trail.
Very outdated info here.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hiked the entire thing... there are some really great spots along the way, but the trail also passes through some rough neighborhoods, and I didn't always feel safe walking alone. At one point, I passed by an apartment complex that overlooked the trail, and some teen was throwing random crap off the balcony at bikers.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It was Beautiful and very relaxing, good for the whole family

mountain biking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Long paved trail worth the total ride.

road biking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Elusive route out & back ,..

road biking
Thursday, June 18, 2015

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road biking
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I bike on this trail from home to work everyday and I like it.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I did not care for this park as much as other Minnesota State Parks. I was hoping for more elevation changes than I found.
That said, for trail running, it s a great park since it is fairly flat, but not completely without small rises here and there. I was here on a cool, drizzly September day. I did enjoy the quiet hiking through the trees and there was a bit of wind to move the leaves. I find that soothing and part of my nature experience I seek when hiking.
Nice lake to sit near, biking trails through the park (should have brought my road bike) so multiple options in addition to hiking.

road biking
Saturday, October 04, 2014

Utterly wonderful bike trail, walkers and skaters also may join but a bit flat for hiking. Wide, well-maintained blacktop trail. Crosses from just west of the Mississippi in Minneapolis and heads out past Lakes of the Isles, Calhoun and on. We often hook up with the Cedar Lake trail and head back to St. Paul through downtown Minneapolis, but one can continue through Hopkins and out to Lake Minnetonka. Connects with the Grand Rounds trails, so there are many options to extend your ride.

Twin Cities hikers and bicyclists, please post more reviews of good trails

Monday, October 21, 2013

One of my very favorites. This trail is beautiful. I've biked this trail many times throughout the yrs and never get tired of it. It travels along side the Cannon River in which you can kayak, canoe or raft down. You can rent or bring your own craft for a fun filled day or 2..

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Good bike and running trails!

road biking
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Got on the trail in Royalton and road to Bowlus. There is still snow on the trail in several places so beware! Looking forward to returning in the summer.

This is a great little trail! Although it's a flat rail trail and not very long by itself it connects to the Lake Wobegon Trail which connects to the Central Lakes Trail in Osakis MN which provides almost 120 miles of connected paved rail trail to ride.

There's great parking available just off Hyway 10 between Royalton and Little Falls MN at the Soo Line Trailhead. If you start here you cross the Mississippi river over an old rail road trestle bridge with great views of the river and the Blanchard Dam. If you're an amatuer rock hound you can stop and look for Cross Rocks along the river edge.

There are lots of great stops along the trail one in particular is Jordie's Trail Side Cafe in Bowlus. This is a great little cafe with a huge personality! The food is great! They have the best pies! Along a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner you can order off the menu too. The wrap sandwiches are wonderful! Jordie has prospector's screens you can borrow to search the river for Cross Rocks and she has some samples to show what to look for too. She also has outdoor movies one night each week along with outdoor music another night. It's a great place to stop whether you're on the trail or not!

Further down the trail you will find all kinds of Lake Wobegon like towns with great little restaurants and shops to visit and enjoy! There's even a Lake Wobegon Trails Art Gallery with locations in Albany and in Freeport. Jack Evens has some Lake Wobegon souvenirs of Garrison Keillor, his stories and the Lake Wobegon Trail.

Once you get to the Central Lakes Trail you will be treated to some great scenery in Minnesota's great Pairie Pothole country where small lakes and ponds dot the countryside as you travel the trail to Furgus Falls. Don't forge to stop and see Otto the big otter in Adams Park in Fergus Falls! There's also a Prairie Wetlands Learning Center there too where you can learn more about the Prairie Pothole biome in western MN.

All in all it's great spot to enjoy hiking, biking, roller blading, cross country skiing or snowmobiling to your hearts content!

Happy Trails!

Cliff Borgerding

road biking
Sunday, January 15, 2012

The overview calls this a hiking trail, but, it's a muti-use trail primarily used by bicyclists in summer and snowmobiler's in winter. It's one of the first Rails to Trails trail, so it's railroad grade.very flat. It's a great trail for cycling, rollerblading, jogging etc.. It has many rest stops along the way so It's great for family rides. I guess you could "hike" on it if you were looking for an extremely easy hike.

road biking
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This paved trail offers a look at the scenery of the heartland of southern Minnesota. My favorite portion of the path travels through the wooded areas of Sakatah State Park that span the 7 mile distance between Waterville, MN and Morristown, MN.

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