Central Lakes Trail

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, 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.

 

Callaway

Maplelag: 12 miles

Mixture of challenging singletrack and grassy double track, easy to expert on well-kept trails through hardwood forest. Maplelag Resort offers dining and lodging options.
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Cuyuna, Crosby, Ironton

Cuyuna Lakes State Recreation Area: 25 miles

An IMBA Silver Level Ride Center with several clusters of 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. Trails are groomed for fat biking in the winter. The town of Cuyuna also has a pump track.
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Detroit Lakes

Detroit Mountain: 8.5 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. Some trails are groomed for fat biking in the winter. Connecting trail takes you to Mountain View Rec Area trail.
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Dunton Locks County Park: 4 miles

Trail loops along the shores between Lake Sallie and Muskrat Lake. Some wind through hardwood forested hills. Trails are shared with hikers and are groomed for skiing in the winter.
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Mountain View Recreation Area: 3 miles

Single track loops through mature, mixed hardwood forest. Trails are laid out to be challenging. Connecting trail takes you to Detroit Mountain Rec Area.
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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.
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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.
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Glenwood

Barsness Park: 3 miles

Intermediate single track through wooded areas near downtown Glenwood and the shores of Lake Minnewaska.
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Trail building in process with a view of Lake Minnewaska.

Hinckley

Saint Croix State Park: 21 miles

Wide, grassy trail in the woods with some dirt sections on the Matthew Lourey State Trail.
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Hutchinson

Stahl’s Lake Park: 3 miles

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

Kensington Rune Stone Park: 5 miles

Beginner to intermediate, dedicated singletrack. The park has a visitor center with bathrooms.
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Milaca

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.

Monticello

Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park: 10 miles

This system offers many options for all skills levels including a fast singletrack, switchbacks and a meandering doubletrack. Be ready to deal with logs, roots, and wooden bridges. 
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Pillager

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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Some areas can be wet after rainfall or during snowmelt.

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.
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Wadena

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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