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.
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, except the Cruser’s Kettle, an 8-mile, challenging backcountry trail. The town of Cuyuna also has a pump track. Look for an expansion in 2021, adding a connector trail to the city of Cuyuna, 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. Groomed for fat bikes in the winter.
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 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.
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. Gromed for fatbikes in the winter.
Savanna Portage State Park: 10 miles
Mixture of grass and dirt doubletrack. The trail offers varied topography in its several loops with a challenging climb up the Continental Divide with an awesome view as a reward.
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.
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. Groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
River Bluffs Regional Park: 3 miles
Beginner singletrack loop near the Mississippi River. Groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
Prairie Woods ELC: 4 miles
Easy singletrack trails at the Environmental Learning Center start at the parking lot and wind through a mix of open prairie and deciduous woods. The Oak Savannah Trail has a seesaw; other trails have short sections of boardwalk and bridges. The Kandi Trail Riders maintain these trails and groom for fat biking in the winter.
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. This park has separate trails for walking, skiing and fat biking in the winter.