Short Bike Rides in Minnesota  by Mark Weinberger

Short Bike Rides in Minnesota Guide Book

by Mark Weinberger (The Globe Pequot Press)
Short Bike Rides in Minnesota  by Mark Weinberger
A well-researched guide to 40 rides throughout Minnesota from river valleys to lakes to woods and prairies. Each ride includes mile-by-mile directions, route map, safety tips, food & services, and points of interest along the way. Highlights include: St. Croix River through Afton Park, Gateway Trail, Lake Superior, Mississippi River through Red Wing, Willard Munger Trail and more.

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Trails from the "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

This ride won't take you past any sights of major historical significance or through any incredibly scenic parks or gorgeous river valleys. But what it lacks in these attributes it makes up for in ver ...
Albany, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 19.1
Home to more than 400 lakes, the Alexandria area is one of the most popular vacation destinations for water-crazed Minnesotans. Once a main camping ground for the Ojibwa and Sioux Indians, the region ...
Alexandria, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.8
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In a state dominated by prairie to the west, pine forest to the north, and one of the flattest valleys on earth to the northwest, the terrain on this side is startling, even stunning in its abruptness ...
La Crescent, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24.2
As one of the largest outstate towns in Minnesota, St. Cloud sits on the Mississippi amid scenic countryside 75 miles from the Twin Cities. The town founder named St. Cloud after the hometown of Napol ...
Avon, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22.7
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Flowing east through the fertile farmland of southeastern Minnesota, the Cannon River joins the Mississippi near the historic town of Red Wing. Before merging with the big river, the Cannon cuts a sce ...
Red Wing, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 19.6
If you were driving on Highway 91 on your way to somewhere else, you'd pass Chandler and possibly not even remember seeing evidence of a town. This small village of a couple of hundred people barely r ...
Pipestone, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.8
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As the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior has played and continues to play an important role in the lives of northern residents. From the first Indians who lived along the rocky north shore, ...
Duluth, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 9.6
The mostly flat landscape features a few interstate exits complete with the ubiquitous truck stops, fast-food joints, and little else. But as you close in on St. Cloud, you'll notice the terrain chang ...
Saint Joseph, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 18
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If the residents of North Dakota ever decide to try to annex a new resort area, they'll probably lay claim to this land of many lakes. After all, they already have a good start. Detroit Lakes, which s ...
Detroit Lakes, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 18
Occasionally, a cyclist stumbles on a perfect ride. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does the temptation exists to do it over and over. For this ride there is good news and there is bad news. The ...
Pine Island, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 17.2
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This scenic ride starts in the small valley town of Taylors Falls, which sits at the head of the highest and steepest cliffs along the St. Croix River. Many years ago this section of river became know ...
Taylors Falls, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 25
The Gateway Trail is an old railroad right-of-way that the state converted into a recreation trail several years ago. It begins minutes from downtown St. Paul and ends in northern Washington County. T ...
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 16.5
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Park Rapids, which began as a logging camp in 1880, lies in yet another area of transition in Minnesota. If you travel from the western part of the state, you'll notice that the competition between fo ...
Park Rapids, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24.9
As you drive into Glenwood from the north or the east, a startling view of Lake Minnewaska unfolds about 1 miles from town. After you've cruised along on flat to barely rolling highways, the road sudd ...
Glenwood, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.3
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Lake country begins in the northern third of Minnesota. Although the southern and central parts of the state have their share, the North has a monopoly on the number of lakes. Besides being a popular ...
Osakis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 19.1
If by some strange occurrence this ride were suddenly 30 miles from the Twin Cities, it would quickly become a favorite of many riders. But since it's located in essentially the middle of nowhere, it ...
Watson, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 18.7
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To peruse a map of Minnesota, it's easy to overlook this part of the state, even though it bulges noticeably along an otherwise straight border with South Dakota. Many residents probably don't realize ...
Browns Valley, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 27.5
As beautiful as the thick and evergreen forest around Grand Rapids is today, you have to wonder what it was like several generations ago when a virgin forest of 150-foot-tall white pine covered the re ...
Grand Rapids, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 11.8
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Lanesboro, the origin of this ride, sits snugly between bluffs along the Root River, in one of the only areas populated by Amish in Minnesota. The Root River Trail follows a railroad bed as it links s ...
Lanesboro, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.7
The Lilydale Park Trail that runs along the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers from downtown St. Paul to suburban Eagan impressed me. The western half of this trail is wide, has a yellow line painted ...
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 14
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