Best Trails of Minnesota

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#1. The Superior Hiking Trail


According to Backpacker magazine, Minnesota’s Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) ranks as one of the 10 best hiking trails in the country and one of the top 10 in the world—placing it in league with the Appa…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Two Harbors, MN - Backpacking, Hiking - 175 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Lilydale Park Trail


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - 14 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Bloomington Ferry Trail


Long, challenging singletrack ride next to the river. Well-maintained trail that tests your handling skills and offers some of the best scenery in the valley. Tread: 12.8 miles dirt singletrack; 0.9 m…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Twin Cities"
Bloomington, MN - Mountain Biking - 13.7 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Gateway Trail


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - 16.5 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Afton State Park


Hike from the shore of the Saint Croix River up a densely wooded ravine to the bluff tops, for prairies and overlooks of the river valley. The hike: The nearby town of Afton, and for that matter Afton…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Afton, MN - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Gooseberry Falls State Park


A beautiful hike from the agate beach at the mouth of Gooseberry River, along its shores, and to the popular waterfalls. Gooseberry Falls is one of the most popular attractions along the North Shore.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Two Harbors, MN - Hiking - 5 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Crow-Hassan Park Reserve


Crow-Hassan Park offers a full range of natural amenities, from expansive, rolling prairielike grasslands above the river valley to pockets of oaks and other hardwoods scattered along trails that wind…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Hanover, MN - Hiking - 4.6 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#8. Little Isabella River Campground


This very small and modest campground is humbly situated in a stand of pine trees.…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Minnesota: Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an "
Isabella, MN - Campgrounds Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#9. River Road Tour


If you don't have a boat, the best way to enjoy the scenery of this river is from the seat of a bicycle. And one of the best trips for a cyclist is on the parkways that wind along the top of the bluff…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - 9.9 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Battle Creek Regional Park


Rolling, rollicking trails through thick woods; deer aplenty; lots of different choices of loops to ride. Tread: Entire loop is on hard-packed singletrack. Hazards: Steep, high-speed downhills; narro…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Mountain Biking - 1 mile Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park


The hike up the Split Rock River, one of the state’s most scenic, offers a water-carved gorge, a rigorous walk, waterfalls and rapids, quiet woods, and a marvelous view of Lake Superior--all in one hi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Beaver Bay, MN - Hiking - 4.6 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Duluth North Shore Cruise


At the west end of Lake Superior lie the Twin Ports, Duluth and Superior, and one of the Midwest's most original bike trails. The Willard Munger State Trail is used as part of the annual Duluth North…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
West Duluth, MN - Road Biking - 46.1 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#13. Lanesboro to Fountain Loop


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Lanesboro, MN - Road Biking - 20.7 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#14. Whitewater State Park


Eroded white clay along the banks of the Whitewater River causes its water to appear milky white in the spring. This white water impressed the Dakota Indians, who were the first to inhabit the area an…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Saint Charles, MN - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 2.5 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Bunker Hills Rustic Loop Campground


From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Minnesota: Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an "
Andover, MN - Campgrounds Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. Eagle Mountain - Minnesota Highpoint


Highpoint rank by height: 37th. Note that there are at least two Eagle Mountains in Minnesota. One is located in Sawtooth Mountain Park at Lutsen, MN, and features a chairlift ride to the summit, and…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Lutsen, MN - Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#17. Pow Wow Trail


A long multi-day wilderness hike to remote rocky lakes. Hiking here is like going back in time to the stone age—at least that is the feeling I got hiking among the harsh bedrock lakes with intriguing…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Isabella, MN - Backpacking, Hiking - 26 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Cannon Valley Trail: Red Wing to Welch


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Red Wing, MN - Road Biking - 19.6 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#19. St. Croix River Valley: Hastings - Stillwater - Taylors Falls


A National Scenic Riverway, the lower St. Croix River winds along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, hemmed in by wooded bluffs and rocky escarpments. This drive rambles along the alternately wild and pa…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Minnesota"
Stillwater, MN - Scenic Drives - 60 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Snowbank - Old Pines - Kekekabic Trail


Long, multi-day hike going from the rolling Kekekabic Trail to the rugged trail over Disappointment Mountain and back along the northern shore of Snowbank Lake. This hike is actually a combination of…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Winton, MN - Hiking - 27 miles Best Trail in MN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides