Best Rail-Trails in Minnesota

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

  • #1 Big Rivers Regional Trail

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    Fort Snelling State Park, MN

    Big Rivers Regional Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Dakota County, Minnesota. It is within Fort Snelling State Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 793 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  2.5 miles

    Big Rivers Regional Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Dakota County, Minnesota. It is within Fort Snelling State Park. ...

  • #2 Douglas State Trail

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    Douglas State Trail, MN

    Douglas State Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Goodhue County and Olmsted County, Minnesota. It is within Douglas Trail & City Park and Douglas State Trail. It is 15.5 miles long ...
    •  15.5 miles

    Douglas State Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Goodhue County and Olmsted County, Minnesota. It is within Douglas ...

  • #3 Great Northern Trail

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    Elk River, MN

    The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route across the city of Elk River on the fringe of the northwestern outskirts of Minneapolis. For nearly 5 miles, the rail-trail winds ...
    •  4.6 miles
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    The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route across the city of Elk River on the fringe of the northwestern ...

  • #4 Great River Ridge State Trail

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    Plainview, MN

    The Great River Ridge State Trail runs for 13 miles between County Road 9 just north of Eyota and Third Street Southwest just north of Wabasha Street in the town of Plainview, which serves as ...
    •  13 miles
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    The Great River Ridge State Trail runs for 13 miles between County Road 9 just north of Eyota and Third Street Southwest ...

  • #5 Hardwood Creek Regional Trail

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    Hugo, MN

    The Hardwood Creek Regional Trail is actually two parallel trails running along US 61 in rural Washington County. The paved trail is open for biking, walking, running, and in-line skating, while ...
    •  9.5 miles
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    The Hardwood Creek Regional Trail is actually two parallel trails running along US 61 in rural Washington County. The paved ...

  • #6 Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail

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    Harmony, MN

    The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved ...
    •  18 miles
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    The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River ...

  • #7 Sunrise Prairie Trail

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    North Branch, MN

    The Sunrise Prairie Trail runs north-south atop an unused right-of-way along a Burlington Northern Railroad corridor, traversing residential neighborhoods in the towns and mostly farmland in ...
    •  16.2 miles
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    The Sunrise Prairie Trail runs north-south atop an unused right-of-way along a Burlington Northern Railroad corridor, traversing ...

  • #8 Cuyuna Lakes State Trail

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    Cuyana Country State Recreation Area, MN

    Cuyuna Lakes State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. It is within Cuyana Country State Recreation Area. It is 6.1 miles long and begins at 1,220 feet altitude. ...
    •  6.1 miles
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    Cuyuna Lakes State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. It is within Cuyana Country State Recreation ...

  • #9 Dairyland Trail

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    Elrosa, MN

    Phase one of the development of central Minnesota’s Dairyland Trail was completed in April 2013, allowing trail users to hike, bike, or ride a horse for more than 6 miles between the small towns ...
    •  6.2 miles
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    Phase one of the development of central Minnesota’s Dairyland Trail was completed in April 2013, allowing trail users to ...

  • #10 Minnesota Valley State Trail

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    Chaska, MN

    As of spring 2016, bridge access to the Minnesota Valley State Trail was still closed at Memorial Park in Shakopee until further notice. Check the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website ...
    •  27.1 miles
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    As of spring 2016, bridge access to the Minnesota Valley State Trail was still closed at Memorial Park in Shakopee until ...

  • #11 Bottineau Trail

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    Red Lake Falls, MN

    The 3-mile-long Bottineau Trail runs through the small town of Red Lake Falls to a rural area to its north. The trail is named after Pierre Bottineau, a Minnesota frontiersman who died in the ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  3 miles
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    The 3-mile-long Bottineau Trail runs through the small town of Red Lake Falls to a rural area to its north. The trail is ...

  • #12 Goodhue Pioneer State Trail

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    Minneota, MN

    The Goodhue Pioneer State Trail is a work in progress as part of a planned 47-mile trail linking the cities of Red Wing, Goodhue, Zumbrota, Mazeppa, Bellechester, and Pine Island along an inactive ...
    •  9.7 miles
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    The Goodhue Pioneer State Trail is a work in progress as part of a planned 47-mile trail linking the cities of Red Wing, ...

  • #13 Afton to Lakeland Trail

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    Saint Marys Point, MN

    The Afton to Lakeland Trail links its namesake towns on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River. The trail runs between Quinlan Avenue North/Eighth Street at Crocker Park in Lakeland and Pike ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  4 miles
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    The Afton to Lakeland Trail links its namesake towns on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River. The trail runs between ...

  • #14 Glacial Lakes State Trail

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    Paynesville, MN

    The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Willmar and about 1 mile west of Paynesville at ...
    •  30 miles
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    The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern ...

  • #15 Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

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    Victoria, MN

    The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail begins in the vicinity of Eighth Avenue North in downtown Hopkins, just a few blocks north of the eastern endpoint of the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional ...
    •  15 miles
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    The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail begins in the vicinity of Eighth Avenue North in downtown Hopkins, just a few blocks ...

  • #16 Cannon Valley Trail

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    Cannon Falls, MN

    The trail links the southeast Minnesota communities of Red Wing, Welch, and Cannon Falls along a path that follows the former route of the Chicago Great Western Railway line that once ran through ...
    •  1-2 days
    •  19.7 miles
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    The trail links the southeast Minnesota communities of Red Wing, Welch, and Cannon Falls along a path that follows the former ...

  • #17 Luce Line Trail

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    Plymouth, MN

    The Luce Line Trail occupies the former railbed of the Electric Short Line Railroad, started in 1908. The tracks continued to be expanded into the late 1920s, when the rail line became known ...
    •  72.6 miles
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    The Luce Line Trail occupies the former railbed of the Electric Short Line Railroad, started in 1908. The tracks continued ...

  • #18 Lake Wobegon Trail

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    Osakis, MN

    As fans of public radio can tell you, this trail’s namesake is the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, made famous by author and radio personality Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion. Along ...
    •  60 miles
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    As fans of public radio can tell you, this trail’s namesake is the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, made famous by author ...

  • #19 Western Waterfront Trail

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    Duluth, MN

    Developed in 1988, the Western Waterfront Trail (WWT) offers direct access to the shoreline of the St. Louis River estuary in southwestern Duluth. The trail begins right across the street from ...
    •  3.2 miles
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    Developed in 1988, the Western Waterfront Trail (WWT) offers direct access to the shoreline of the St. Louis River estuary ...

  • #20 Blazing Star State Trail

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    Albert Lea, MN

    The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between the Lakes,” and the trail begins on the northern shore of one of ...
    •  5-6 hours
    •  6 miles
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    The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between ...