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Central Minnesota Mountain Bike Trails

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, the center of the state has a great variety of trails to explore.



Lake Brophy County Park: 6.5 miles

Beginner to expert gravity flow trail singletrack with 200′ elevation change.
The top overlooks the entire park and the city of Alexandria and has a prairie landscape.
Dock jumps, drops and a rock garden can be found on the more technical, expert sections on the west side of the trail system. The eastern part is more of a cross-country ride with long straightaways and sweeping turns. There are bathrooms, beach access and a playground. The paved Central Lakes Trail skirts the park and provides access by bike.


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Cuyuna Lakes State Recreation Area: 30 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. Lots of trails are groomed for fat biking in the winter. The town of Cuyuna also has a pump track. Look for a major expansion in 2020, adding a connector trail to the city of Cuyuna, an 9-mile advanced back country loop, and trails in the new Moroco mine lake area. Goal is to have 60 miles of trail by 2022.

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Elk River

Hillside Park: 6 miles

Advanced: An expert trail that is either climbing or descending for the entire course. Good skills practice.

Fergus Falls

Ferber Park: 2.2 miles

A mix of rolling hills and flat terrain in wooded and grassy areas with less difficult to more challenging trails. Trails were developed by volunteers in 2017 with help from the City of Fergus Falls and continue to be improved. Look for additional trails in the future.


Barsness Park: 4 miles

Beginner-friendly single track with two challenging climbs to panoramic views of Lake Minnewaska .near downtown Glenwood.

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Trail building in process with a view of Lake Minnewaska.


Stahl’s Lake Park: 3 miles

Moderate terrain with some small hills, a balance beam and seesaw.


Kensington Rune Stone Park: 7.5 miles

Beginner to intermediate, dedicated singletrack. The park has a visitor center with bathrooms.
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Milaca City Trails: 14 miles

Located near the Rum River, this system 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.
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A bridge across the Rum River connects Milaca’s Recreation Park to the mountain bike trail system.


Pillsbury State Forest: 27 miles

Mixture of gravel logging roads, grass and dirt. The trail winds and twists through forest and past lakes with rolling terrain. All trails are multi-use, some include horseback riding.

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Logging road at Pillsbury State Forest.

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Some areas can be wet after rainfall or during snowmelt.

Pine River

Cut Lake Trail: 10 miles

Wide, grassy trails through the forest around Deer and Cut Lakes, ranging from beginner to intermediate. Great solitude and backcountry riding. Groomed only for skiing in the winter.


Saint Cloud

Jail Trail: 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.
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River Bluffs Regional Park: 3 miles

Beginner singletrack loop near the Mississippi River.


Black’s Grove: 8 miles

Beginner to advanced trails that wind through a wooded setting and along Black’s Creek.

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Waite Park

Quarry Park: 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.

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