Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota

Central Minnesota Short & Sweet Bike Trails

If you have an hour or an afternoon, these trails are for you. They connect people to towns, parks and lakes and make for a nice getaway.

Centennial Trail: 8 Miles

Villard, MN

Start at Villard’s old train station and ride the paved trail to Glenwood. Here it connects with a bike route around Lake Minnewaska, which intersects the Starbuck Trail between Starbuck and Glacial Lakes State Park.

The Centennial Trail starts at the old Villard train depot

The Centennial Trail starts at the old Villard train depot

Just outside Villard the trail passes between Villard and Amelia Lakes on the Centennial Trail

Just outside Villard the trail passes between Villard and Amelia Lakes

Near Glenwood the sky is big and the views are of farm fields on the Centennial Trail

Near Glenwood the sky is big and the views are of farm fields

Cuyuna Lakes State Trail: 11 Miles

Riverton to Deerwood, MN

The longest completed part of the Cuyuna Country Trail travels through the Cuyuna Country Recreation Area between Riverton and Deerwood. Two more sections are currently paved: Brainerd (1.5 miles) and Aitkin (0.5 miles). Itwill eventually connect the city of Aitkin to the Paul Bunyan Trail. The 7-mile segment between Riverton and Crosby is groomed for fat tire biking in the winter.

Dairyland Trail: 10 miles

Elrosa to New Munich, MN

This limestone surfaced trail connects the villages of New Munich and Elrosa and will one day reach the Lake Wobegon Trail in Albany.

Glendalough Trail: 12 miles

Battle Lake, MN

The trail starts at the Battle Lake Community Center and connects with a loop trail around Annie Battle and Molly Stark Lakes inside the park. Ride back to Battle Lake to complete a 12-mile loop.

The Glendalough Trail crosses through open prairie in Glendalough State Park

The Glendalough Trail crosses through open prairie in Glendalough State Park

The addition of the Glendalough Trail has boosted visitor numbers to the park

The addition of the Glendalough Trail has boosted visitor numbers to the park

An early season ride through Glendalough State Park on the Glendalough Trail

An early season ride through Glendalough State Park

the trail makes a loop around the lakes at Glendalough State Park and connects into nearby Battle Lake

the trail makes a loop around the lakes at Glendalough State Park and connects into nearby Battle Lake

Great Northern Trail: 4.75 Miles

Elk River, MN

This paved trail on an abandoned railroad grade connects the southern and northern ends of Elk River, MN. Plans are to extend it north to Zimmerman and Princeton.

Lake Koronis Trail: 16 miles

The trail is a combination of paved trail and signed on-road route on the shoulder of a Rustic Road with very little traffic and many wonderful lake views along the shore of Lake Koronis. Parking is available at Veterans Park near Paynesville and a connecting trail crosses Highway 23 and connects with the Glacial Lakes State Trail.

The Lake Koronis Trail has many lake views

The Lake Koronis Trail has many lake views

Rural scenery along the trail onthe Lake Koronis Trail

Rural scenery along the trail

Dam on the west side of the lake on the Lake Koronis Trail

Dam on the west side of the lake

Trail shelter on the Lake Koronis Trail

Trail shelter

Leaf River Recreational Trail: 4 Miles

Wadena, MN

Starts at Wadena’s Sunnybrook Park and connects to a bike route to make a loop of 10.5 miles.

Starbuck Trail: 5 Miles

Starbuck, MN

Connects the city of Starbuck with Glacial Lakes State Park. Access a bike route around Lake Minnewaska from this trail and connect to the Centennial Trail between Glenwood and Villard.

The Starbuck Trail follows County Roads 29 and 41, then enters Glacial Lakes State Park from the north

The Starbuck Trail follows County Roads 29 and 41, then enters Glacial Lakes State Park from the north

RoCoRi Trail: 5 Miles

Cold Spring, MN

The paved Rockville-Cold Spring-Richmond (RoCoRi) Trail is a great ride through granite country in Southwest Stearns County. Currently completed: A 5-mile section between Cold Spring and Richmond. In Richmond it links to a short section of the Glacial Lakes State Trail into Roscoe.

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