There are so many Minneapolis & St Paul bike trails. How do you know which trails would be right for you? Here is our list of our favorite local St Paul bike trails.
Minnesotans like being active. In fact, Minnesota is ranked as the 7th healthiest state by US News’ 2019 study. When it comes to getting their exercise on, many Minnesota natives turn to biking on some of the many beautiful trails the state has to offer. While Minneapolis is world-renowned for their biker-friendly layout, the St Paul bike trails and routes are top-notch as well.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing ride, a more intense workout, or even mountain biking hills, St. Paul has you covered. Here are some of the best St Paul bike trails to explore this weekend!
Hop on at any point along this Mississippi bike trail that is accessible for both runners/walkers and bikers. This trail is a portion of Mississippi River Trail Bikeway that extends all the from La Crescent to Clearwater. The trail is exceptionally beautiful in the fall, with the foliage and trees creating a vibrant scenery of orange, red, and yellow. In the spring and summer, the views along the trails are equally as breathtaking. Biking along the Mississippi is one of the most popular among the St Paul bike trails!
Located near the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, the Hidden Falls Regional Park is located along the Mississippi River bluffs. With about 6.7 miles of paved trails, the park provides a beautiful setting for a bike ride. Trails run along shady, wooded bottomlands next to the Mississippi River, past scenic picnic areas, and connects to the Mississippi River Boulevard parkway. If you’re looking for a bit of a longer ride, take this trail all the way to Shepard Road and spend some time biking along the Mississippi River Boulevard!
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A hidden gem of St. Paul, this pleasant trail follows the Mississippi River below the bluff in Hidden Falls and Crosby Farm Parks. With a constant view of the river along the trail, you can also ride along Crosby Lake before the trail connects to Shepherd Road. Beware of some bumpy pavement however, which is a small price to pay for the views along this gorgeous trail.
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Starting in St. Paul and ending at Pine Point Park, this 18 mile trail passes through a section of urban areas, parks, lakes, and wetlands in Ramsey and Washington Counties. This trail features rural landscapes close to the metro area, so it’s the perfect way to escape the city for a few hours. If you’re looking for a beautiful but longer ride, this would be the perfect trail for you. The Gateway also provides connections to many local and regional trails.
Connected to the Gateway State Trail, the Bruce Vento Regional Trail runs 7 miles from St. Paul to it’s northern neighbor, Vadnais Heights. This trail connects to a few city parks, including the notable Swede Hollow Park. Overlooking Swede Hollow is the Hamm’s Brewery, drawing in bike and beer enthusiasts alike.
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While many mountain biking enthusiasts head west to get their fix, there are some great options in St. Paul when it comes to exciting downhill trails. The Battle Creek Regional Park, with it’s 10 mile expert single track, is one of the top mountain biking destinations in the area and is located right on the outskirts of St. Paul.
The easiest trail on this list, the Lake Como Loop is perfect way to get a little biking in on a nice day. Enjoy sights of the beautiful Lake Como, as well as the Como Zoo and Marjorie Mcneely Conservatory. Take a break by stopping to enjoy the tropical paradise inside the gorgeous glass structure! Once you’re done with a lap or two of the nearly 2 mile trail, stop in at the Spring Cafe for a bite to eat and listen to some live music as you enjoy your meal.
This 636 acre park is covered by forest features a bike trail that is wide, smooth and once again features spectacular views of the Mississippi River. The trail is slightly uphill on its way to Eagan, but makes for a nice return ride. This trail is perfect for families or for high speed road bikers looking for a great workout south of St. Paul.
While there are many differences between St. Paul and Minneapolis, one thing they have in common are the many great Minneapolis and St Paul bike trails in and around their metro areas!
183.5 miles of bikeways in Saint Paul:
In-street bike lanes – 52.0 miles
Off-street paths – 85.0 miles
Bikeable shoulders – 17.0 miles
Bike boulevards – 10.1 miles
Shared lanes – 19.3 miles
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