There’s great mountain biking in the heart of Minnesota. From the purpose-built red dirt flow trails of the Cuyuna Lakes, to the granite outcroppings of Quarry Park in St. Cloud, or the lift-assisted downhill rides of Detroit Mountain to the wilderness of the Matthew Lourey State Trail near Hinckley, the center of the state has a great variety of trails to explore.
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 mature, mixed hardwood forest. Trails are laid out to be challenging.
Hillside Park, Elk River 6 miles
Advanced: An expert trail that is either climbing or descending for the entire course. Good skills practice.
Saint Croix State Park, Hinckley 21 miles
Wide grassy trail in the woods with some dirt sections on the Matthew Lourey State Trail.
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
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.
Jail Trail, St. Cloud 7.5 miles
Beginner to intermediate with advanced options. Singletrack trail runs through dense woods with sections along the fence of the Minnesota Correctional Facility.
River Bluffs Regional Park, St. Cloud 3 miles
Beginner singletrack loop near the Mississippi River.
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 8 miles
Beginner to advanced trails that wind through a wooded setting.
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.