Stunning bluff country, meandering rivers and open prairies give Southern Minnesota a wide variety of natural terrain for mountain bikers to enjoy. This region starts along the Mississippi River following the Minnesota border to the South Dakota border. Most of the most popular locations are within an hour’s drive of the metro areas yet some of the best kept mountain biking secrets can be found farther away.
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Myre Big Island State Park, Albert Lea 7 miles 507-379-3403
Intermediate: Well-marked singletrack. Runs through forested hills, by a lake. Lots of trails to choose from. Limited access when wet.
Camden State Park, Lynd 4.25 miles 507-865-4530
Beginner to advanced: Mixture of fire roads and singletrack. Trail rolls through hard-wood forests and prairie. Hosts Camden Classic in August.
Mount Kato Ski Area, Mankato 7+ miles 800-668-5286
Beginner to advanced: Mostly wooded hard-packed singletrack. Terrain is challenging and thrilling "high country" trail. Sharp, vertical descents. Novice riders may want to get experience before tackling this trail.
Seven Mile Creek, Mankato 7 miles 507-931-1760
Intermediate: With few technical aspects, this singletrack provides an opportunity for exercise and to improve intermediate biking skills. A beautiful ride.
Kaplan's Woods, Owatonna 6 miles 507-444–4321
Moderately difficult single track through woods. Some log jumps add challenges.
Memorial Trail, Redwing 7 miles 651-301-0996
Beginner to advanced: Trail has many options from which to choose-long climbs, challenging obstacles, outstanding views, twisting singletrack. Select a ride that matches your skills. Highly recommended. Trails are maintained by Red Wing Area Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO)
Holzinger Lodge Trail, Winona 12 miles 507-457-8258
Advanced: Some fire road, mostly singletrack. Steep periodically. Comparable to Colorado trails with less altitude. Excellent views of the Mississippi. Some winter trails. One of the areas best. Trails are maintained by Winona Area Mountain Bikers (WAMB)
RJ Dorer State Forest,Winona 888-646-6367
The RJ Dorer is made up of a number of larger units of state forest land scattered throughout the southeast. Some of the larger ones have established trails on them. Listed are the units with mountain bike trails and their mileage. Snake Creek 20 miles, Trout Valley 7.5 miles, Kruger 7.5 miles, Bronk Tract 11 miles, Isinours 4 miles, Wet Bark 11.5 miles, Vinegar Ridge 6.5 miles, Underbakke Tract 5 miles, and Reno 17 miles. These are all multi-use trails, including horses. Snake Creek and Trout Valley also allow OHV traffic.
Sources: MNDNR, RAMBO, WAMBO, Winona and Red Wing Visitors Bureaus