Many of the most popular mountain bike destinations in Northwestern Minnesota can be found in state parks and forests. This area offers more twists and turns and a greater chance to come across wildlife while rolling down a hill or along a hard-packed singletrack. While the trails may not be as well developed they have more of a wilderness experience.
Lake Bemidji State Park, Bemidji 5 miles
Beginner to advanced: Park has much to offer with dirt and packed grass trails. System is well maintained. Forested terrain has some challenging sections. Lake Bemidji State Park host an annual fat bike rally.
Movil Maze, Bemidji 6.5 miles
This system lives up to its name, so bring a compass and use the map of the area. There are several spurs that branch off this trail. The trail is a combination of soft, muddy sections and dirt singletrack.
Lake Bronson State Park, Lake Bronson 5 miles
Good variety of trails and loops to allow for different choices. The trails go through a mixture of forest and prairie and are a mixture of grass and gravel.
Hayes Lake State Park, Roseau 5 miles
Beginner trail on grassy, level terrain that is in a wooded area. Trails start at Hayes Dam.
1) Simpson Creek Trail, Deer River 13 miles
Enjoy rolling topography through pines and along glacial eskers, with overlooks onto Cut Foot Sioux Lake andjourneys into the cedar swamp. Cyclists travel on both old tote roads and dirt trail. Access at the Cut FootSioux Visitor Center or Eagle Nest Road (FR2198).
2) Cut Foot Sioux Trail, Deer River 18 miles
An extension of the Simpson Creek Trail, this is an 18- mile loop along old Forest Roads with gravel and sand. Access from the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center or the Hwy 46 Wayside Rest 5 miles north of the Center.
3) Suomi Hills Trail, Marcell 19 miles
The remote and stunning Suomi Hills has 19 miles of hiking, biking and ski trails and is part of a semi-primitive non-motorized area. The rolling topography offers mountain bike trails for intermediate and advanced cyclists. Access the Suomi Hills area from the Highway 38 National Scenic Byway
4) Trout Lake Trail, Marcell 11 miles
This is a nice short scenic trail into the woods and out onto the Trout Lake Estate, a national historic site featuring a 1920 lumber baron estate. Access from the north end of Trout Lake off Co 326 or from the south end near FR 2065.d near FR 2065.
Sources: MNDNR, COGGS, Visit Cook County, GRIMBA, IROC, MORC, National Forest Service