Twin Cities Metro Mountain Bike Trails
The many communities that make up the Metropolitan Area of the Twin Cities provide an extensive network of rugged single track and easy to moderate mountain bike trails. Many regional and city parks maintain trails to provide something for everyone, close to a major metropolitan area.
Minnesota River Trail: 11 miles
Intermediate: Nicknamed Minnesota River Bottoms. Mostly singletrack winds through wooded area near river. Challenging trail that can be muddy after rain. Plenty of jumps and some obstacles.
Buck Hill: 6 miles
Beginner to intermediate, includes two downhill flow trails. Skills Park featuring a bermed course with drops, rock garden, skinnies and a dragon tail.
Terrace Oaks: 2.3 miles
Intermediate: Mainly singletrack. A fairly technical trail with lots of climbs and amazing descents. Challenging trail.
Springvale County Park: 3 miles
Flowy singletrack trails with banked turns and beautiful rolling jumps weaving up and around a lake, traversing streams, swamps, forests and glacier moraine berms. Elevation gain is just under 160′ but these trails are fast and are great for beginner to intermediate riders. Constructed drops, teeter-totters, rolling jumps, boardwalk sections and rock gardens keep the ride interesting. Trails can be accessed from both the North and South parking lots. There is a bike repair station along with a bathroom and drinking fountain in the South parking lot. Groomed for fat bikes. Home of the annual Freezer Burn Fatbike Race.
Lebanon Hills Regional Park: 11 miles
Mostly intermediate: This course is a favorite for many in the region. Good mixture of rolling hills and more technical singletrack. Woods provide secluded feel in suburban area.
Inver Grove Heights
Salem Hills: 4.4 miles
Gently rolling hills through woods and reclaimed prairie consisting of three loops: Harmon Park, Sawmill, Foul Pond Loop.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve: 8 miles
Beginner to intermediate: Beautiful park with a pleasant view of Eagle Point Lake. This is a multi-use trail, including horseback riding. Some hard-packed singletrack, some grassy trail. Fat bikes are allowed on Big Bluestem Trail in the winter.
West Lake Marion Trail: 5 miles
Beginner to advanced: Hard-packed singletrack through woods and fields on the west side of Lake Marion near Casperson Park.
Elm Creek Park Reserve: 12.7 miles
Interconnected singletrack loop trails. Built to accommodate all skill levels of riders, but mostly intermediate with short sections of easy and advanced trails.
Theodore Wirth Park: 8 miles
Intermediate to advanced: Singletrack has twists and turns with many technical features. Challenging course and a great trail system consisting of five separate loops: North, South, Southwest, Brownie and Glenwood Loop. Just minutes from downtown Minneapolis.
Lone Lake Park: 5 miles
This trail system is designed to accommodate a variety of mountain biking skill levels. It offers ample challenges, from the steep topography to the fast, flowy single-track. The trail is also open to hiking and trail running in dry months, as well as snowshoeing and fatbiking in the winter. Two trailheads provide users easy access from Rowland Road, in the park’s southwest section, or Shady Oak Road in the east.
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.
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve: 13.25 miles
Easy to advanced singletrack loops through wooded landscape with wetlands. Start at the Hilltop picnic area.
Battle Creek Regional Park-West: 9.5 miles
Intermediate to advanced: Battle Creek features a wide selection of trails within its boundaries. Plenty of steep, narrow singletrack. Thickly wooded, some limited visibility on turns.
Fort Snelling State Park: 10 miles
Beginner: Enjoyable ride along the Dakota County side of the river. Generally flat trail, but scenic. Starts as a wide double track, then narrows to singletrack. Trails are multi-use.
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve: 10 miles
This trails features glacial ridges, hilly terrain and an extensive, lush forest. This is a challenging trail and a favorite for mountain bikers.
Carver Lake Park: 4 miles
Series of interconnected loops and switchbacks on the south side of Carver Lake.