Twin Cities Metro Area Short & Sweet Bike Trails
If you have an hour or an afternoon, these trails are for you. We’re working our way through the Twin Cities Metro bike trails and we’ll add them as we ride them.
Hardwood Creek Trail: 9.5 miles
The paved 9.5-mile Hardwood Creek Trail starts in Hugo and travels through Forest Lake along Highway 61 through mostly residential areas and the shopping districts of both towns. This trail is built on a former railroad grade and is flat and level. An adjacent natural surface trail is used by equestrians and groomed for snowmobiles in the winter. Just north of Forest Lake, at the Washington/Chisago County line it connects with the 17.5 mile Sunrise Prairie Trail, which ends in North Branch.
Sunrise Prairie Trail: 17.5 miles
North Branch, MN
The Sunrise Prairie Trail starts in North Branch and travels south through the towns of Stacy and Wyoming through mostly rural and wooded areas, although I35W is never far away. Just north of Forest Lake, at the Washington/Chisago County line it connects with the Hardwood Creek Trail into Hugo. Like on the Hardwood Creek Trail, an adjacent natural surface tread way is used by equestrians and groomed for snowmobiles in the winter. A future connection north to the Willard Munger State Trail is being considered. In the future, the Swedish Immigrant Trail will connect to the Sunrise Prairie Trail in Wyoming and run northeast to Interstate State Park.
Swedish Immigrant Trail: 6 miles in segments
Lindstrom, MN to Chisago City, MN
When complete, the Swedish Immigrant Trail will connect the town of Wyoming on the Sunrise Prairie Trail to Interstate State Park and be about 20 miles long. Currently, some short segments exist: A three-mile paved section between Lindstrom and Chisago City, a 2-mile piece through Shafer and a 1.8-mile route traveling southwest from Interstate State Park.