Next Bike/Hike Adventure – Explore Faribault

At your fingertips, a fun outdoor adventure destination

Explore Faribault is 60 minutes south of the Twin Cities and along the Cannon River Valley corridor. The community here is a beautiful southern Minnesota destination for a family outing and biking vacation. The relaxed lifestyle and picturesque surroundings here draw many people out to explore. On the east end of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, you will have several loop options that will take you on quiet rural roads for an actual touring experience. Spending several days here is easy, with plenty of retail areas, recreational activities, and restaurant choices in Faribault.

This fat bike cyclist is getting ready to head down to Faribault, this Saturday, where demo bike rentals will be available for beginner and race awards.

This fat bike cyclist is getting ready to head down to Faribault.

Where to Bike in the Area

Explore and enjoy the beauty of the lakes and rolling terrain around the Faribault area. Riding your bike to the city parks or the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail from your chosen hotel is easy. At the city park, take the 39-mile journey on the paved state rail-bed trail west, passing through Morristown, Waterville, and Elysian before reaching Mankato. Choose from many scenic loops the local bike club designed for road touring. For the mountain biker, there are miles of off-road trails at the River Bend Nature Center.

For those looking to travel closer to home

Traveling closer to home is the new norm for many of us trying to stretch our vacation dollars. So a bicycling staycation or a one-tank drive when exploring Visit Faribault and including neighboring communities, like Northfield or Owattona. Options like this might help open your eyes to new horizons with economic and environmental benefits where nature offers enough trails and fun outdoor activities around its parks that you may want to extend your stay.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Faribault Area Map 

River Bend Nature Center’s Map
Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail Map
Map My Ride


Walk/Hike Opportunities

River Bend Nature Center
Sakatah Lake State Park


Area Bike Shops and Clubs


(507) 331-2636

Bicycle Shop


Milltown Cycles | 311 Central Ave. N., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-331-2636
Faribault Flyers Cycle Club – offering safe rides in Rice County through Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT) | Main Office: 912 Meadow View Drive, Northfield, MN 55057

Where to Play When Not Biking or Hiking

122 1st Avenue NE Faribault, MN 55021

5524 185th Street West Faribault, MN 55021

Seasonal apple picking and family fun

(507) 334-9043


1802 4th Street NW Faribault, MN 55021

Bowling, restaurant, family entertainment, take-out food


(507) 334-3262


Explore the historic downtown area, Story Walk, and the Rice County Museum, and take a dip at the Aquatic Center,  plus golf and many other fun activities.

J&J Bowling | 1802 4th St. N.W., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-3262
Aleman Apple Creek Orchard | 5524 185th Street West, Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-9043
Whillock Studios | 122 1st Ave. N.E., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-8306

Where to Eat

28 3rd Street NW Faribault, MN 55021

Full service bar, darts, billards, weekend live bands


(507) 334-3582



(507) 334-3988

Cheese Shop & Deli

328 4th Street NW Faribault, MN 55021

Daily lunch buffet, Homemade pizza


(507) 334-1672


From the Cheese Cave to Augustus Piadina Restaurant, the Faribault area offers several exciting and charming cafes and ice cream shops. If these do not appeal to you, there are also many other options.

The Cheese Cave | 318 Central Ave. N., Suite #6, Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-3988
Godfather’s Pizza | 328 4th St. N.W., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-1672

Grandpa Al’s | Menu | 28 3rd St. N.W., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-3582

For more places to eat when in the area, click on Faribault Restaurants.

Where to sleep

Faribault has several charming and exciting lodging properties for your next visit. For the most up-to-date listing, Visit Faribault Hotels.

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, many coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi availability. Also, the public library is a good option.

WI-FI Hotspots and the Library

You will find Wi-Fi access in many coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels. The Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault is located at 11 Division Street East and can be reached by phone at the following number: 507-334-2089 for access.

See the Minneapolis Northwest Tourism Bureau for more detailed information on your next trip to explore the Twin Cities metro Area.

See the Faribault Tourism Bureau for more detailed information.