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.

We could not find the cross country trail. The maps were confusing and the trails were poorly marked. Most of the trails appeared to be poorly maintained. We ended up following a different route on an asphalt path that was relatively straight and easy to travel.

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

road biking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Elusive route out & back ,..

Sunday, December 20, 2015

I love close to these trails so I come out here very often. Very little foot traffic, occasionally horse riders pass through. Beautiful place, in my opinion. Expect a lot of hills.

road biking
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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

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..

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

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, May 05, 2010

We go here a lot, so maybe it's not as scenic for us as it would be a stranger. We ride bikes at least once a week, we walk the dogs, and it's one of my favorite running trails. It's fairly level and easy for any level of rider. The 14 miles is not all in one go. About 8 miles of it is in Red Wing. Also, in the winter it is covered with snow and there are snowmobilers out there, as well.
It's a popular trail and there are often groups and families biking or walking on it any time the weather is nice. It's a pretty area bordered by state property as well as some farm land.

6 months ago

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

scenic driving
Saturday, July 09, 2016

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Monday, June 27, 2016

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Friday, June 03, 2016

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Friday, May 20, 2016

road biking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Saturday, July 25, 2015

trail running
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Sunday, May 03, 2015

on Cities Greenway Trail

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013