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.
Big Rivers Regional Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Big Rivers Regional Trail runs along the upper portion of what was originally a two-tiered section of railroad track built for one of the state’s oldest lines, the Minnesota Central Railroad. At several points along its 4.4 paved miles, trail users will enjoy some of the best views overlooking the convergence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.
Vistas include broad views of both river basins and glimpses of Minnesota's first military outpost and National Historic Landmark, Fort Snelling, situated just beyond Pike Island at the confluence of the two rivers."
--Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Rail-Trails Minnesota (Wilderness Press).
"The official trailhead for this trail is actually at the northern terminus at Lilydale. However, because of very limited parking, a rather unsafe road crossing, and the fact that the southern end is better developed in all those regards, I describe the hike leaving from a major trail juncture at the southern end of this particular section."
--Tom Watson, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul (Menasha Ridge Press).
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