The many communities that make up the Metropolitan Area of the Twin Cities provide an extensive network of rugged single track and easy to moderate mountain bike trails. Many regional and city parks maintain trails as well as state parks provide something for everyone.
Minnesota River Trail, Bloomington 11 miles
Intermediate: Nicknamed Minnesota River Bottoms.Mostly singletrack winds through wooded area near river. Challenging trail that can be muddy after rain. Plenty of jumps and some obstacles.
Terrace Oaks, Burnsville 2.3 miles
Intermediate: Mainly singletrack. Pretty technical trail with lots of climbs and amazing descents. Challenging trail.
Buck Hill, Burnsville 6 miles New in 2017! Beginner to Intermediate, includes two downhill flow trails. Skills Park featuring a bermed course with drops, rock garden, skinnies and a dragon tail.
Elm Creek Park Preserve, Maple Grove 13 miles Interconnected singletrack loop trails. Built to accommodate all skill levels of riders, but mostly intermediate with short sections of easy and advanced trails
Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan 11 miles
Mostly intermediate: This course is much improved and a favorite for many. Effective mixture of rolling hills and more technical singletrack. Woods provide secluded feel in suburban area.
Battle Creek Regional Park, East St. Paul 7 miles
Intermediate to advanced: Battle Creek features a wide selection of trails within its boundaries. Plenty of steep, narrow singletrack. Thickly wooded, some limited visibility on turns.
Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul 10 miles
Beginner: Enjoyable ride along the Dakota county side of the river. Generally flat trail, but scenic. Starts as a wide double track, then narrows to singletrack. Trails are multi-use.
Salem Hills, Inver Grove Heights 4 miles
Gently rolling hills through woods and reclaimed prairie consisting of three loops: Harmon Park, Sawmill, Foul Pond Loop.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Lake Elmo 8 miles
Beginner to intermediate: Beautiful park with a pleasant view of Eagle Point Lake. This is a multi-use trail, including horseback riding. Some hard-packed singletrack, some grassy trail. Fat bikes are allowed on Big Bluestem Trail in the winter.
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis 8 miles
Intermediate to advanced: Singletrack has twists and turns with many technical features. Challenging course and a great trail system consisting of five separate loops: North, South, Southwest, Brownie and Glenwood Loop. Just minutes from downtown Minneapolis.
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford 13 miles
Easy to advanced singletrack loops through wooded landscape with wetlands. Start at the Hilltop picnic area.
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage 10 miles
This trails features glacial ridges, hilly terrain and an extensive, lush forest. This is a challenging trail and a favorite for mountain bikers.
Carver Lake Park, Woodbury 5.5 miles
Series of interconnected loops and switchbacks on the south side of Carver Lake
Sources: MORC, Three Rivers Park District and MNDNR