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. The terrain is a mixture of granite in the St. Cloud area to grasses along the Red River Valley and the forest floors of the state parks and forests. See our events page.
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.
Pillsbury State Forest, Brainerd 27 miles
Mixture of gravel roads, grass and dirt. The trail winds and twists through forest and past lakes. Enjoyable, rolling terrain. All trails are multi-use, some include horseback riding.
Maplelag, Callaway 12 miles
Mixture of challenging singletrack and grassy double track. Easy to expert.
Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail System, Crosby/Ironton 25 miles
An IMBA Silver Level Ride Center. Singletrack trails from beginner to expert. Stunning views off overburden piles left from the area's mining days. Deep mine lakes offer refreshment after a hard ride.
Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes 7 miles
This trail system has trails from beginner to expert. Ride contour flow trails, or take the lift up to the top and zip down the downhill flow trails, or ride the skills park. Lodge with bathrooms, bar, and concessions is a must-see. Connecting trail to Mountain View Rec Area.
Dunton Locks County Park Detroit Lakes 4 miles
Trails along the shores between Lake Sallie and Muskrat Lake. Some wind through hardwood forested hills.
Mountain View Recreation Area Detroit Lakes 3 miles
Single track loops through a mature, mixed hardwood forest. Trails are laid out to be challenging.
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.
Milaca City Trails, Milaca 14 miles
Located near the Rum River, this singletrack offers a variety of trail options for riders of all skill levels. Most of the trails are singletrack and go through a mix of woods, hills and fields.
Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Trail, Monticello 10 miles 763-682-7693
This trail offers many options for all skills levels including a fast singletrack, switchbacks and a meandering doubletrack. Be ready to deal with logs, roots, wooden bridges. Fat bikes are welcome, but the trail is not groomed in the winter. A fun trail.
Hayes Lake State Park, Roseau 5 miles
Beginner trail on grassy, level terrain that is in a wooded area. Trails start at Hayes Dam.
Quarry Park, St. Cloud 2.2 miles
Intermediate: Doubletrack with a mixture of gravel , dirt and grass around some granite outcroppings. Runs through a heavily wooded area with a few fairly technical sections. Bike over billion year-old bedrock.
Black's Grove Wadena 8miles
Beginner to advanced trails that wind through a wooded setting.
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