Minneapolis is a city full of trails. Whether you prefer walking, biking, running, hiking, or rollerblading – nearly every neighborhood has a path for you to do just that!
Here are just a few trails and parks that we enjoy:
Luce Line State Trail – 63 miles
Connects Plymouth to Cosmos.
This flat trail varies in terrain amongst paved asphalt, crushed limestone, gravel, and mowed grass.
Independence Regional Trail – 15.9 miles
Connects Crow-Hassan Park Reserve to Orono
A mostly shady, somewhat hilly, 10’ wide paved path.
Medicine Lake Regional Trail – 15.65 miles
Connects Elm Creek Park Reserve to Medicine Lake.
Although it runs through several neighborhoods, the wooded setting makes it feel much more remote than it is. This paved path connects to several other regional and community trails.
West River Parkway Trail– 8.9 miles
Connects Plymouth to Boom Island to the Ford Parkway at Minnehaha Park.
If you’re a runner, this path is for you. Enjoy scenic views as you run alongside the Mississippi River on this wide asphalt/concrete pathway. This path has a few porta-potties stops along the path as well as water fountains.
Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail – 4.5 miles
Connects Downtown Minneapolis to Cedar Lake
This short paved path is the gateway to various popular bike & pedestrian trails in the city and western suburbs.
Elm Creek Single Track Trail – 12.7 miles
Located in the Northeast corner of the Elm Creek Reserve
This mountain bike trail is sectioned according to difficulty but was built to accommodate all skill levels from “easy” to “most difficult.”
Lake Maria State Park – Located in Monticello
The park is perfect for hikers, backpackers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers who enjoy the challenge of the rolling terrain. This park is one of the few remaining stands of the “Big Woods,” a maple, oak and basswood forest that once covered part of southern Minnesota.
Sand Dunes State Forest – Located in Elk River
The Sand Dunes State Forest consists of oak savanna forest and prairie and 2,700 acres of pine plantation on rolling terrain. It provides beautiful areas for many recreational activities, such as horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hunting, swimming, panfish fishing on Ann Lake, camping and hiking.
Fort Snelling State Park – Located in Saint Paul
Park-goers can enjoy fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, bike trails, cross-country skiing, and more. GPS units and birding kits are free for visitors to check out from the park’s Visitor Center. Fishing poles are also available at the park office for free during your visit. This park is open year round from 8:00am to 10:00pm.