Southern Minnesota Mountain Bike Trails

Stunning bluff country, meandering rivers and open prairies give Southern Minnesota a wide variety of natural terrain for mountain bikers to enjoy. Go south and find out what trails are waiting for you.

 

Albert Lea

Myre Big Island State Park: 7 miles

Intermediate: Well-marked trails shared with hikers through forested hills and by Albert Lea Lake. Lots of trails to choose from, but limited access when wet. More about the state park
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Trails at Myre Big Island State Park are wide paths shared with hikers

Trails at the park are wide paths shared with hikers

Austin

Schindler’s Way: 5 miles

This flat and fast singletrack system flows through forest and prairie and sweeps along the Cedar River near the Hormel Foods campus and Todd Park. Groomed for fat biking in the winter. A great beginner trail.
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Schindler's Way Mountain Biking
Schindler's Way Mountain Biking
Schindler's Way Mountain Biking
Schindler's Way Fat Biking
Schindler's Way Fat Biking

Faribault

Caron Park: 2 miles

Beginner and intermediate singletrack loops with a dirt surface through a completely wooded area. Runs by Prairie Creek and features a natural waterfall. One interesting feature is a large erratic boulder on the intermediate loop. Trails are bi-directional.
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River Bend Nature Center: 10 miles

Multi-use, dirt and grass trail is shared with hikers and travels through hardwoods along the Straight River with scenic bluff views. Fat bikes are allowed in the winter, but need to stay off groomed ski trails.
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River Bend Nature Center Fat Biking

 

Shattuck-St. Mary’s: 3 to 6 miles

The trails at Shattuck-St Mary’s are built into the side of the riverbank above the Straight River in Faribault. Hand built, old school singletrack traverses up one ravine and down the next. Although the trails aren’t rated as expert, fitness and skills for riding switchbacks are key as you make your way up and down the many ravines. The trail is an out and back with a loop at both ends. Ridden as an out and back there is about 6 miles of trail. The system is a work in progress with about 80% of it built. Completion of the trail is expected to be in the spring of 2021.
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Henderson

Ney Nature Center: 1.5 miles

Trail one is rated intermediate and trail two is rated difficult with berms, drops and a rock garden. Trail access is not on Ney Nature Center property, but just north of the intersection of Henderson Station Road and County Road 19.
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Jackson

Belmont Park: 5.3 miles

Beginner to Advanced natural surface singletrack under the mature canopies of Oak, Walnut, and Ash trees with a beautiful view of the Des Moines River.  Bobsled-style flow trails on intermediate and advanced portions of the trails system have plenty of switch backs, berms, and jumps as they drop 120 feet into the river valley. The one-mile beginner trail near the parking lot is balance-bike friendly.  Other amenities are an enclosed log shelter house with fireplace, picnic tables, outdoor grills, bonfire area, hand pump for water and an enclosed pit bathroom. Map

Lanesboro

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center: 3 miles

This flow trail travels through the 250-acre campus of Eagle Bluff and rolls through mixed hardwood forest with views of the Root River in the valley below. The goal is to expand the trail system to about 10 miles. Info/Map

Lynd

Camden State Park: 5.25 miles

Beginner to advanced: Mixture of fire roads and singletrack rolls through hard-wood forests and prairie with a 1-mile section of rake-and-ride trail on top of the river valley. More about the park
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Rake and ride mountain bike trail at Camden State Park

Rake and ride trail at Camden State Park

 

Mankato

Kiwanis Mountain Bike Trail: 6 miles

Two single-direction loops on the Minnesota River. The short beginner loop consists of rolling, berm filled singletrack in the river bottom land with no obstacles or challenging climbs for the novice rider.  More advanced features and options like log piles, jumps and drops can be found on “B” lines with ride-arounds on the intermediate loop. A kids’ loop and skill park are accessible from the trailhead.
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Mount Kato: 7 miles

Mount Kato has roughly seven miles of cross-country singletrack winding through the wooded hills of their ski area for novice to expert riders.  Riders who like a challenge will enjoy the climbs and descents.
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Mount Kato Mountain Biking
Mount Kato Mountain Biking
Mount Kato Mountain Biking
Mount Kato Mountain Biking
Mount Kato Mountain Biking

 

Seven Mile Creek: 8 miles

Seven Mile Creek’s multi-use bi-directional trails feature little technical challenge but some climbs and descents are steep and very challenging. The area transitions from the Minnesota River to grasslands in the valley, to deciduous forests on either side and up the bluffs of the creek.
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Northfield

Sechler Park: 1.75 miles

Trail is designed to introduce beginners to mountain biking and runs along the woods on the shore of the Cannon River. Part of this system is a skills park with berms, jumps, drops, log piles, a teeter-totter and more. Connects to Heath Creek Trail across County Road 78.
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Heath Creek Trail: 1 mile

Across County Road 78 from the Sechler Park Trails you’ll find a short, more technical trail with a rock garden along Heath Creek. Great views in a densely wooded area.
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Owatonna

Kaplan’s Woods: 6 miles

Moderately difficult singletrack through hardwood forest in a 225 acre park. Some log jumps add challenges. The Owatonna Trails Association maintains six miles of mountain bike trail and grooms for fat bikes in the winter. Read about a ride on the fatbike trails
Kaplan's Woods Fat Biking
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Red Wing

Memorial Park Trails: 12 miles

This beginner to advanced trail has many options: Long climbs, challenging obstacles, outstanding views, twisting singletrack. Select a ride that matches your skills and enjoy the view off Sorin’s Bluff. 7.5 miles of this system is dedicated singletrack; the rest is shared with hikers.
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Red Wing Memorial Trails Mountain Biking
Red Wing Memorial Trails Mountain Biking
Red Wing Memorial Trails Mountain Biking
Red Wing Memorial Trails Mountain Biking
Red Wing Memorial Trails Mountain Biking

Rochester

Eastwood Park: 7 miles

Three easy and two intermediate trails by Eastwood Golf Course. Trail is mostly wooded with many tight twists and turns along the Zumbro River.
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Gamehaven Trails: 12 miles

Five easy and two intermediate singletrack loops with scenic overlooks on Gamehaven Lake. Groomed for fat bikes in the winter.
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Saint Peter

Traverse des Sioux: 11 miles

This system consists of rolling and winding trail through the Minnesota River bottoms weaving through the trees and over the undulating flood plain. The trails are bi-directional with trail difficulty rated easy and beginner friendly. These trails have some of the area’s best views of the Minnesota River.
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Winona

Bluffside Park: 14 miles

14 miles
Easy to difficult singletrack. From a short, blufftop beginner loop to steep, twisty expert lines, this growing system is just minutes from downtown and offers views of the Mississippi River. Some trails are groomed for fatbikes. The Bluffs Traverse Recreation and Conservation Area project links Bluffside, Garvin Heights and Sugar Loaf parks in an ambitious effort to expand the Winona mountain bike trail system in the future.
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Holzinger Lodge Fat Biking
Holzinger Lodge Fat Biking
Holzinger Lodge Fat Biking
Holzinger Lodge Fat Biking

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