Battle Creek Regional Park

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55119

Battle Creek Regional Park

Battle Creek Regional Park Professional Review and Guide

"Battle Creek Regional Park is often included in lists detailing the best trails to ride in the state of Minnesota—not just in the Twin Cities. That’s probably because there’s a beautiful mixture of dense oak forest and open meadows with substantial flora and fauna that you’d never expect to find so close to urbanity.

Here we take you through 4 of the 10 total trail miles available, dancing amidst the 750 acres that make up this park. Here’s the deal, folks. If you don’t think you should be riding on the mountain-biking equivalent of a black diamond—take extreme caution on this trail."

More Battle Creek Regional Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"Battle Creek Regional Park’s 750 acres of open meadows and dense oak forest is one of those wilderness-hidden-in-the-city places, packed with flora and fauna commonly found in much larger reserves far removed from urban centers. Explore 4 of the 10 total trail miles scribbled among the hilly woods, from easy-to-handle ski trails to technical singletrack."

"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. Watch for other riders and be ready for greasy conditions after a rain.

Tread: Entire loop is on hard-packed singletrack.

Hazards: Steep, high-speed downhills; narrow trails with sharp turns; some loose dirt and rocks."

Battle Creek Regional Park Reviews

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Outstanding for suburbia location. Mountain biking consists of many short spurs, some very challenging. Trails are in good condition, a bit sandy right now. View of the river from the far western section is outstanding, it's better in winter. For as near as this park is to MSP and it's high quality, it is very uncrowded, as most of the traffic is in the dog unleashed section and in the cave section in the far west. Venture a little further and you will find some solitude in the midsts of suburbia.
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Battle Creek IS the best riding spot within the Twin Cities. There is a lot more than 1 mile of trails, although many of them are closed or being closed due to erosion. The terrain is varied, but tends to be on the wide side for single track. Still, some excellent climbing and descending including technical sections. PLEASE obey all rules and stay off closed trails or we will lose this gem of a trail system for good.

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Trail Information

Saint Paul
Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Hilly with a mixture of climbs and steep descents over packed singletrack
45-60 mins
These trails are typically open from April through November with closures taking place for maintenance or following wet weather.
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Sep 2018