Big Rivers Regional Trail

Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota

Elevation Gain223ft
Trailhead Elevation793ft
Elevation Min/Max703/811ft
Elevation Start/End793/793ft

Big Rivers Regional Trail

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 entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 223 feet. Along the trail there are parkings and a swimming pool.

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul (Menasha Ridge Press)
Tom Watson
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"The Big Rivers Regional Trail is part of the extensive Dakota County Parks system, which offers hikers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoor amenities available throughout much of the southern Saint Paul metropolitan area. This trail, located just a bit south and east of downtown Saint Paul, gives hikers a chance to experience both the Minnesota and the Mississippi Rivers from a unique perspective: a bird’seye view from the train tracks! Built on the bed of the Minnesota Central Railroad, the trail follows a straight and level course between limestone blufftops and the tree-lined river below."

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Fun forest to hike thru, It would have been better if I had checked known that it was hunting season. The Forest is closed to hunting, but shots could be heard all around. Will go back to see the fall colors in the forest and before hunting season. It had a nice lake too.

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Trail Information

Fort Snelling State Park
Nearby City
Fort Snelling State Park
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Additional Use
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