Best Mountain Biking in Minnesota

This list represents the most popular mountain biking in Minnesota. Use this list to plan your next Minnesota mountain biking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. 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)
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#2. Battle Creek Regional Park


Rolling, rollicking trails through thick woods; deer aplenty; lots of different choices of loops to ride. Explore like crazy and enjoy steep ups and downs, diverse tread types, and lots o’ wildlife. W…
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)
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#3. Elm Creek Park Reserve


Great beginner loop in Hennepin County's largest park; fun paved path and nature center available for diversions from the dirt; lots of wildlife. Tread: 1 mile paved trail; 4 miles dirt and grass sin…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Twin Cities"
Maple Grove, MN - Mountain Biking - 5 miles
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#4. Gooseberry Falls State Park


You won’t be disappointed with the beauty of this park, and the riding is almost as rewarding. Once again, this route travels on ski trails, and past rides have already revealed that tread condition w…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Duluth, MN - Mountain Biking - 6 miles
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#5. Minnesota Valley State Trail (Eastern Terminus)


Easy terrain along scenic river trail; nice trail to cruise and view wildlife. Tread: All 9 miles are on paved bike trail.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Twin Cities"
Shakopee, MN - Mountain Biking - 9.4 miles
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#6. Holzinger Lodge


This was a fun ride: sweet singletrack riding on ideal trail conditions. The trail starts with a moderate climb to warm your legs, then rolls a bit before a cruise along some flatter sections to the b…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Winona, MN - Mountain Biking - 10 miles
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#7. Pillsbury State Forest


Super-fun riding on rolling trails. Over a dozen small lakes along the way offer a good chance to spot wildlife. The trail doesn’t have a straight stretch in it as it winds all over the place on its w…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Brainerd, MN - Mountain Biking - 27 miles
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#8. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park


This trail is very similar to Ride 48. The shoreline here is spectacular and makes it difficult to keep your eyes on the trail. There are plenty of great views of the lighthouse right off the bat and…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Duluth, MN - Mountain Biking - 6.2 miles
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#9. Battle Creek Regional Park


Battle Creek has some of the best singletrack riding in the metro area, and it’s right up there in the statewide rankings, too. For newer riders, the front side of this park has wide, nontechnical ski…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Saint Paul, MN - Mountain Biking - 10 miles
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#10. LRT Trail South


This is an excellent cruise on an old rail line with nice views of the river valley; gradual descent on way down, a little push on the way back; a perfect route for all abilities. Tread: Entire ride i…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Twin Cities"
Eden Prairie, MN - Mountain Biking - 9 miles
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#11. Afton Alps Ski Area


If you’re looking for a workout, head to Afton. This large ski area near the Wisconsin border has 7 miles of loops of varying difficulty in a scenic, uncrowded setting. Most of the trails will test bo…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Saint Paul, MN - Mountain Biking - 21 miles
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#12. Fort Snelling State Park


A fun and scenic ride along the river through thick woods and marsh land. Tread: A mix of wide gravel and dirt singletrack and mud.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Twin Cities"
Mendota, MN - Mountain Biking - 4 miles
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#13. Lutsen Mountain Bike Park


Yahoo! This place rocks for mountain biking! Lutsen has it all, from white-knuckle, technical descents to relaxed cruising. Four separate mountains provide an assortment of trails for riders of all ab…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Duluth, MN - Mountain Biking - 35 miles
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#14. Jay Cooke State Park


This trail is the first in this book that explores the spectacular North Country. The combination of superb trail conditions and the surrounding settings makes the riding up here tough to beat. The co…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Carlton, MN - Mountain Biking - 12.7 miles
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#15. Itasca State Park


This is the place where the continental glaciers of the last great ice age decided to leave a significant footprint. It is the place where the Mississippi River begins as a tiny stream, later to grow…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Lake George, MN - Hiking, Mountain Biking - 5.2 miles
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#16. Cannon Valley Trail


This one’s a beauty, even if you’re a hard-core mud lover. The Cannon Trail is a great place to spin along, with steep bluffs and rock outcroppings on one side and a meandering river on the other. The…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Welch, MN - Mountain Biking - 20 miles
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#17. Pincushion Mountain Trails


This is another cross-country ski trail system, but it is much more bike-friendly than many of the previous ski loops. Most sections of this area have well-defined dirt singletrack, and the grass isn’…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Grand Marais, MN - Mountain Biking - 4.6 miles
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#18. Hanson Lake Loop


The Chippewa has forest roads and old logging paths all over the place, most of which are open to mountain bikes. This loop, like many of its brethren, offers gorgeous northwoods scenery in nearly per…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Walker, MN - Mountain Biking - 16.4 miles
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#19. Pillsbury State Forest


The trails at Pillsbury State Forest meander through a heavy forested area consisting of a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. The woods are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you’re likely…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Pillager, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 8 miles
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#20. Lake Rebecca Park Reserve


This is one of my favorite rides in the whole state. The trail is excellent, and the rolling hills and woods are just plain beautiful. You will pass through deep woods, open meadows, and along the sho…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Minnesota"
Rockford, MN - Mountain Biking - 3.8 miles
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