Best Road Biking in Minnesota

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

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#1. 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)
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#2. 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)
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#3. 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)
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#4. 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)
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#5. 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)
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#6. 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)
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#7. Lake Minnewaska Loop


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Glenwood, MN - Road Biking - 20.3 miles
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#8. Avon Loop


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Avon, MN - Road Biking - 22.7 miles
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#9. Fall Colors Ramble


Each autumn the valley of the St. Croix River becomes a mural of brilliant color. This is the time of year several hundred cyclists help the Leukemia Society raise funds by riding the Fall Colors bike…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Stillwater, MN - Road Biking - 25.2 miles
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#10. Stillwater-Withrow Loop


This loop starts at Pine Point, a quiet park about 5 miles north of the bustling St. Croix River town of Stillwater. As the northern terminus of the Gateway Trail, Pine Point sees lots of use from cyc…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Stillwater, MN - Road Biking - 19.7 miles
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#11. Minnehaha Creek to Lake Harriet


Appropriately called the City of Lakes, Minnesota's largest city can trace much of its history to an association with water. Minneapolis, whose name combines the Indian word for "water" with the Gre…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - 11.2 miles
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#12. Cruising Along Gitchee Gummi


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,…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Duluth, MN - Road Biking - 9.6 miles
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#13. Lake Pepin Challenge


The Mississippi River is the water highway of America's heartland. It's seldom more scenic along a 23-mile stretch called Lake Pepin. A circuit of Lake Pepin is an exhilarating mix of flat, rolling an…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Red Wing, MN - Road Biking - 71.2 miles
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#14. Douglas Trail-Pine Island Loop


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Pine Island, MN - Road Biking - 17.2 miles
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#15. Lakes of Grand Rapids


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Grand Rapids, MN - Road Biking - 11.8 miles
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#16. The Afton Loop


If you decide to pedal the Afton Loop, you may want to resist the temptation to partake of an ice cream cone from Selma's until after the ride. Although it's difficult to forgo the tasty treats of thi…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Afton, MN - Road Biking - 18.1 miles
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#17. Alexandria Loop


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Alexandria, MN - Road Biking - 20.8 miles
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#18. Detroit Lakes Loop


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…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Detroit Lakes, MN - Road Biking - 18 miles
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#19. Headwaters Challenge


Northern Minnesota is the land of the mythical giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Legends tell of Paul clearing whole forests with a swing of his ax. The truth was that, to the lumber barons, every tree ha…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Park Rapids, MN - Road Biking - 81.2 miles
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#20. Marine-on-St. Croix Loop


This quiet little river settlement is the next-to-last Minnesota town located on the St. Croix River. Similar in size to Afton, it's nestled in a wooded valley 1 mile from scenic William O'Brien State…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Minnesota"
Marine On Saint Croix, MN - Road Biking - 22.8 miles
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