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.
Cuyuna, Crosby, Ironton
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.
Hillside Park: 6 miles
Advanced: An expert trail that is either climbing or descending for the entire course. Good skills practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black’s Grove: 8 miles
Beginner to advanced trails that wind through a wooded setting and along Black’s Creek.
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.