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Waconia is a family friendly bike destination a few minutes west of Minneapolis.

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At-A-Glance – Fun and Food

Waconia is a great taste of what you can do in Minnesota’s great outdoors. The go-to bike-friendly tourist spot is less than an hour drive from the Twin Cities. You can spend time on the lake fishing, water skiing, or any of your other favorite water sports. There are beaches where you can spend the day getting a nice tan or jump in the water for a refreshing swim.

If you prefer to stay inland there’s still plenty to do. You can pedal down many of its county roads and take in all the scenic beauty. You can also visit its locally-owned shops, feed your tastebuds at its local restaurants, and take in the town’s historical sites. If you’re up for more of a bike adventure then there are two trails that take you beyond the town’s border.

Where to Bike in the Area

This is a town full of fun for those pedaling around. There are trails that take you beyond the town limits, and there’s plenty to explore just navigating its county roads and streets.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Waconia Area Map
Dakota Regional Trail
Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

Baylor Regional Park
Dakota Regional Trail
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

 

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SPOKES Bike and Ice Cream Shop
8850 Glacier Rd
St Bonifatius, MN 55375

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When you find you need a little break from pedaling around, there’s still plenty for you to do. You can conduct your own taste test of their homegrown brews or wine selections, play a round of golf, kick back and take in a movie, and more.

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Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery
8785 Airport Rd
Waconia, MN 55387

Waconia Brewing Company
255 W Main
Waconia, MN 55387

Island View Golf Club
7795 Laketown Pkwy
Waconia, MN 55837

Emagine Waconia 6 (Movie Theater)
101 West 1st St
Waconia, MN 55387

Where to Eat

At some point you’re going to need to fuel your body for the rest of day, or something to eat after that last trail. Waconia has plenty of delicious places where you can satisfy your appetite. And if you’re looking for some good coffee for the morning or a little extra caffeine for that last trail, they’ve got you covered there as well. For more information visit their tourism page.

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Pangea Cafe
37 W Main Street
Waconia, MN 55837

Lola’s Lakehouse
318 E Lake Street
Waconia, MN 55837

Mocha Monkey
115 S Olive Steert
Waconia, MN 55837

El Rey Azteca
813 Marketplace Drive
Waconia, MN 55837

Where to Sleep

There comes a point where it’s time to call it a day. So, what do you do? Waconia has various options to choose from. You can lay on a nice, comfortable bed, or spend the night with nature. For information on hospitality, check out Waconia’s tourism site.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Waconia
550 Cherry Dr.
Waconia, MN 55387

Waconia Inn Hotel & Suites
301 E Frontage Rd
Waconia, MN 55387

Baylor Regional Park
10775 County Rd. 33
Norwood Young America, MN 55397

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, coffee shops and restaurants having Wi-Fi availability, the Carver County Library is another good option.

Exploring Northfield has a lot to offer anyone who comes to visit. This guide should provide you a great head start to finding your #NextBikeAdventure.

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At-A-Glance: Exploring Northfield – Fun and Food

Located along the Cannon River Valley corridor, 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities, is Northfield. A great southern Minnesota bicycle destination for a family day trip or biking vacation. The relaxed lifestyle and picturesque surroundings here draw many people out for exploring the hidden treasures of this historic milling town. Here, cyclists can enjoy the local paved trail, local mountain bike trails and a vast network of road biking routes on the scenic rolling terrain, used by stagecoaches for a true touring experience. With a vibrant downtown area, still sharing the history of the famous bank robbery of Jesse James you will find plenty of retail areas, many recreational activities – other than biking, and restaurant choices in town to explore – it’s easy to spend several days here.

Where to Bike when Exploring Northfield, MN

There really is no better way to experience what this community has to offer than on your bike. It has trails that take you through its history and lets you explore all the wildlife it has to offer with its many off-road trails. For those who long for biking on the open road there are many paths outside the town. The local bike clubs has designed many loops in the area ready for you to conquer. You can also make the trek to nearby Nerstrand Big Woods State Park for some more scenic trails.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Northfield Area Map 

Northfield Bike Club Ride Routes

Map My Ride   

Milltowns Trail

Sechler Park MTB Trail
Caron Park MTB Trail

Walk/Hike Opportunities When Exploring Northfield

Cannon River Wilderness Area
Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT)
Main Office: 912 Meadow View Dr,
Northfield, MN 55057

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At some point you’ll have to take a break from the trails. Luckily the community here has plenty to offer. You can explore the town’s history with Jesse James and more at the Northfield Historical Society, go for that perfect bowling score at Jesse James Lanes, or go for a refreshing swim in the Old Memorial Pool. Take a look at more info by visiting their tourism site.

Northfield Historical Society
408 Division St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Riverwalk Market Fair
Bridge Square
Division St and 4th St
Northfield, MN 55057

Jesse James Lanes
1700 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057

Old Memorial Pool
801 7th St E
Northfield, MN 55057

Where to Eat when Exploring Northfield

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As you ride the trails during your stay you’re going to need fuel for your body. Thankfully, Northfield has several choices to keep your taste buds and stomach happy. Below is just a sampling of what’s waiting for you as you get into town or are coming of the trails. If these don’t appeal to you, there are many other options to choose from.

Tandem Bagels
317 Division St. S
Northfield, MN 55057

The Ole Store Restaurant
1011 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057

Hogan Brothers’ Acoustic Cafe
415 S Division St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Applebee’s 
2433 Highway 3 S
Northfield, MN 55057

Where to Sleep When Visiting 

You’re going to need a place to rest at night. Northfield and the surrounding area has many lodgings available depending on your preference. You choose to spend a night with nature, enjoy some Northfield hospitality at a local Bed and Breakfast, or sleep like royalty in one of the many hotels. Below is a list of favorites, but you can check out more choices on Northfield’s tourism site.

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
9700 170th St E
Nerstrand, MN 55057

The Magic Door Bed & Breakfast
818 Division St S
Northfield, MN 55057

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
300 MN-3
Northfield, MN 55057

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, many coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi availability. The Northfield Public Library is also a great option.

Northfield Public Library
210 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

See the Northfield Tourism Bureau for more detailed information.

 

Next Bike Adventure – Minneapolis Northwest

At a Glance: Exploring Minneapolis Northwest – Fun and Food

As both the Mississippi River and its internationally known trail (MRT) enter the Twin Cities Metro area, visitors staying in Minneapolis Northwest can access some of the nation’s best bike trails. From your hotel room you can find several comfortable bike routes that will connect you to paved urban trails. These trails will take you through the three vibrant cities of Minneapolis Northwest: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Maple Grove. Connect to MRT to visit local parks along the river or ride trails all the way to downtown Minneapolis. For those interested in mountain or fat biking, Elm Creek Park Reserve is also easy to connect to by trail no matter what your hotel choice may be.

A family having fun riding bike on city trails in Brooklyn Park, MN.

A family having fun riding their bikes on city trails in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, which is one of the three cities in Minneapolis Northwest.

When not biking, the warm summer air welcomes good times with family attractions, outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, and other festival event activities. In the Fall enjoy the colorful array of foliage in the city parks of the three communities of Minneapolis Northwest, including the powerful Coon Rapids Dam, while local wineries and breweries nearby offering the crisp flavors of the harvest. In between winter fat bike experiences, cross-country skiing the local trails, or ice skating, checkout the dozens of arts and theater options. The hottest winter attraction here is the ice skating loop at Central Park of Maple Grove. The first of its kind in Minnesota, the loop is a refrigerated 800 feet trail meandering through the park. As spring flowers bloom in the city parks and along the bike trails, the beautiful setting will welcome cyclists to come back again and again.

Where to Bike in the Area

Being a bike-friendly community, you will find many safe and relaxing street routes, bike trails that parallel roadways with heavier traffic levels, and miles of urban paved trails nestled in Minneapolis Northwest. These trails will connect you to many popular Twin City Metro trail routes. For the mountain biker, no matter your level of expertise, many fun trails are offered.

Available Bike Maps for the Area

HaveFunBikingMplsNW Map
Hennepin County Bike Map
Brooklyn Parks Trails 
Maple Groves Trails
Coon Rapids Dam Trail
Medicine Lake Regional Trail
Rush Creek Regional Trail
Shingle Creek Regional Trail
Elm Creek Park Trail 
Elm Creek Park Singletrack

Walk/Hiking Opportunities 
Brooklyn Park
Maple Grove
Elm Creek Park
Coon Rapids Dam Park

 Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Brooklyn Center
Fridley Heights Cyclery | 4755 University Ave. N.E., Columbia Heights MN, 54427 | 763-572-1670

Brooklyn Park
Trailhead Cycling | 11350 Aquila Dr. N., Champlin, MN 55316 | 763-712-0312

Maple Grove
ERIK’S Bike Board and Ski | 6850 Hemlock Lane N., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-391-7888
REI | 11581 Fountains Dr., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-493-7861
Maple Grove Cycling | 13950 Grove Dr., Osseo, MN 55311 | 763-420-8878

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Brooklyn Center
Surly Brewing Company | 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 | 763-535-3330

Brooklyn Park
Coon Rapids Dam National Park | 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444

Brunswick Zone XL | Bowling | 7545 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 | 763-503-2695

Maple Grove
Elm Creek Park Reserve | 2400 James Dean Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Venetian Indoor Waterpark | 11801 Fountains Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-425-3800
Whirlyball | 13644 80th Circle North, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-657-1555

Where to Eat 

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Brooklyn Center

50’s Grill | Menu | 5524 Brooklyn Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55429| 763-560-4947 
Scoreboard Pizza | Menu | 6816 Humboldt Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55430 | 763-566-4455

Brooklyn Park
Fat Nat’s Eggs | Menu | 8587 Edinburgh Centre Dr. N., Minneapolis, MN 55443

Maple Grove
Rodizio Grill | Menu | 12197 Elm Creek Blvd. N., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-657-1133
Redstone American Grill | Menu | 12109 Main St., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-420-0232

Where to Sleep

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Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, coffee shops, and restaurants having Wi-Fi availability, the public library is another good option.

Brooklyn Center Public Library
Brooklyn Park Public Library
Maple Grove Public Library

Next Bike Adventure – Mesabi Trail

At a Glance: Exploring Mesabi – Fun and Food

In the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota is the Mesabi Trail towns that offer a variety of biking and other fun recreational opportunities for visitors.

A picturesque Mesabi Trail section between Gilbert and Virginia, MN

A picturesque Mesabi Trail section between Gilbert and Virginia, MN.

Made up of several mining towns along the trail, each with unique history, culture, food, and lodging, they are all surrounded by miles of wilderness. Along the way, see the World’s Largest Hockey Stick, Bob Dillon’s home town, and the Minnesota Museum of Mining just to name a few attractions. Whatever your riding choice is for the first trip, you will always remember the Mesabi Iron Range and will want to come back.

Where to Bike

Explore and enjoy the beauty of the mine pit lakes surrounded by forests, in and around the Mesabi Iron Range.  This northern trail system starts near the Mississippi River, in Grand Rapids, and meanders east through 25 communities across the Mesabi Iron Range. Riding the trail uses a combination of old rail beds, abandon roads between mine pits, and allows you to go over grassy meadows and wooded areas.

For the history buff, the trail and towns here offer a open window of the area’s mining past. Trail riders will pass many man-made lakes from old mines and some iron ore pits that are still-working.

For road riding, select many scenic routes that connect with the trail system.

For the mountain biker, there are miles of varying terrain through state forests and through old log/mining roads, plus several challenging terrain parks near Hibbing and Virginia.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Mesabi Trail Towns Map

Grand Rapids Trail Map
Meabi Trail Map | Interactive Map
Bike Aspen Mtn. Bike Trail, Virgina Map
Maple Hill Mtn Bike Trail, Hibbing Map

Area Walk/Hike Opportunities

McCarthy Beach State Park

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Bikes on Howard, 407 E Howard St, Hibbing  218-262-0899 link
Itasca Trail Sports, 316 NE 4th St, Grand Rapids  218-326-1716 link
Mesabi Recreational Sports,  720 9th St N, Virginia, 218-749-6719 link
Northern Lights Rental Shop, 6331 Wynne Creek Dr, Biwabik  218-865-3002 link

 

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Along with the bike opportunities on the Mesabi Trail, you will also find the Minnesota Discovery Center, Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort,  several mine overlooks and tours, great restaurants, and lodging. For more info look below to see what each area of trail has to offer.

 

Where to Eat

Numerous restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores are easily accessible.  Along each portion of the trail you will find unique and delicious dining options to suit your taste. Check below for more information on each community’s options.

 

Where to Sleep When Visiting

 

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Aurora

Christened by local civic leaders who were inspired by a particularly brilliant display of northern lights high above the new village, Aurora is located on the eastern edge of the Mesabi Iron range.  Aurora is a town with a schedule full of festivals. While visiting here, view the former LTV Steel Mining Company from the designated lookout point at the city’s edge. Here you will also find lodging, restaurants, parks, shopping, and a library for Wi-Fi access.

Here are a couple of Aurora’s attractions.
Pine Grove Park
Northern Lights Music Festival | opera, symphony, and chamber music | 218-780-2292
Megan’s Restaurant
 | 114 Main St N, Aurora, MN 55705 | 218-229-3418
Riding your bicycle Northeast from Giants Ridge to Ely is approximately 43 miles. The Mesabi Trail has not been totally constructed yet at this end. There is a three-mile section in Soudan and another three-mile section of the trail in Ely. From Giants Ridge you will need to use the paved scenic county roads at the far eastern point of the Mesabi Trail.    

 

Biwabik

The name “Biwabik” in Ojibwa means “valuable” and the mines and taconite plant here have certainly made it valuable. With a unique Bavarian look to the downtown area, the Mesabi Trail runs east along the south side of town and along Embarrass Lake. Then, it continues on to the Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort. There are  restaurants, parks, a swimming beach, and campground nearby.

Here are a couple of Biwabik’s attractions.
Giants Ridge | Skiing, golfing, bike, and etc | 6329 Wynne Creek Dr., Biwabik, MN 55708 | 800-688-7669
R Bar & Vi’s Pizza | Menu | 107 North Main, Biwabik, MN 55708 | 218-865-4164

When riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail east, it is four miles to get to Aurora.

 

Bovey/Coleraine/Taconite

Located on the shores of Trout Lake, Coleraine has one of the original Andrew Carnegie Libraries. Additionally, there is a public beach that is there to sit on to enjoy the warm days to cool off. There are also restaurants, gas stations, and an ice cream shop here. Two miles further east is Bovey where you will find more to discover and enjoy. Three miles further east is Taconite where you will find a public beach at Holman Lake and a grocery store in town.

Here are a couple of the area’s attractions.
Annabella’s Antique Mall | 407 2nd Street, Bovey, MN 55709 | 218-245-2055
Nana Chelle’s CafeMenu | 312 2nd St., Bovey, MN 55709 | 218-245-2233

Cotton Park & Beach

Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail from here, it is six miles to get to Calumet.

 

Buhl

Boasting the “Finest Water in America,” the Buhl Public Library is listed in the National Historic Book of Register. Here you find a park for camping, a picnic, or a swim. There is a restaurant and gas station in town as well.

Be sure to check out this great place.
Billy’s Pit Stop Pub & Grub | Menu | 124 State St., Buhl, MN 55713 | 218-258-3689

Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail from here, it is nine miles further east to Mountain Iron.

 

Calumet

Home of the Hill Annex State Park which provides a view of a mine. It also has a museum/gift shop in town. Also, you will also find a public library for Wi-Fi access.

Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail from here, it is five miles to Nashwauk.

 

Chisholm

Home to one of the region’s major tourist attractions, “Ironworld,” Longyear Lake is located here within the city limits with a public swimming beach. Other attractions include the Museum of Mining, a WPA Project called the Rock Wall and Museum, Classic Car Museum, Bruce Mine Headframe, and the Iron Ore Miner Memorial. The town has a restaurant, grocery stores, gas station, library, and an option for camping.

Check out some of Chisholm attractions.
Iron Man Statue in dedication of the Iron Ore area.
Minnesota Museum of Mining | 218-254-5543
Valentini’s Supper Club | 31 W Lake St. Chisholm, MN 55719 | 218-254-2607

Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail from here, it is six miles further east to Buhl.

 

Eveleth/Gilbert

A  community resting not only on a large body of iron ore, but it also on the Laurentian Divide, Gilbert has parks, a library, excellent camping grounds, and several great places for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Iron Range Historical Society, located in the historic former city hall, houses an extensive collection of  photographs, family history/biographies, and much more. On a spur of the paved trail, heading south for miles, is Eveleth.  A picturesque community and home to the  Mesabi Trail Headquarters and Iron Range Tourism Center is just off of Hwy 53 at the trailhead. While here, notice all the natural and man-made wonders. Check out the “Big Stick”, the largest hockey stick in the United States, located in downtown area and the Hockey Hall of Fame along the highway. Here, close to the trail you will find dining, a library, and lodging options also.

Here are some of the area’s attractions.
United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum | 801 Hat Trick Avenue, P.O. Box 679, Eveleth, MN 55734 |218-744-5167
World’s Largest Hockey Stick (freestanding)
Poor Gary’s Pizza & Subs | Menu | 420 Fayal Rd., Eveleth, MN 55734 | 218-744-5508

Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail east from Gilbert, it is seven miles to Biwabik.

 

Grand Rapids  

Check out the At-A-Glance Article for Grand Rapids.

From Grand Rapids, riding your bicycling to Coleraine on the Mesabi Trail is eight miles of gently rolling wooded terrain.

 

Hibbing

Located 40 miles east of Grand Rapids and 25 miles west of Virginia, if you take the trail, you’ll find a great lookout point. At Mesabi Trail access point is the Hull Rust Mine viewpoint lookout point and the Greyhound Bus Museum. Known as the “Town That Moved”, “The Grand Canyon Of The North”, and the “Iron Capital of the World”, this is the largest city on the Mesabi Iron Range. Along with most hotels, coffee shops and restaurants having Wi-Fi availability, the public library is another good option.  The Hibbing Public Library is located at 2020 E. 5th Ave. in Hibbing and reachable by phone: 218-362-5959.

Here are a few of the attractions Hibbing has to offer:
Greyhound Bus Museum | 1201 Greyhound Blvd., Hibbing, MN 55746 | 218-263-5814
Historical Society Museum | 400 E. 23rd Street, Hibbing, MN 55746 | 218-263-8522

Sunrise Bakery | 1818 3rd Ave. E., Hibbing, MN 55746 | 218-263-4985

Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail from here, it is seven miles east to Chisholm.

 

Keewatin/Nashwauk

The town of Nashwauk is 28 miles east of Grand Rapids and 13 miles west of Hibbing. The town has a restaurant, grocery stores, gas station, and library. Two and a half miles to the east is O’Brien Lake with a swimming beach. A couple miles further is Keewatin where you will find more places and things to explore.

Here a couple of the area’s places to eat:
Wizards Bar & Grill | 102 Central Ave., Nashwauk, MN 55769 | 218-885-3080

Mucho Si | 231 Central Ave., Nashwauk, MN 55769 | 218-885-4062


Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail from here, it is eight miles east to Hibbing.

 

Mountain Iron

West of Virginia, the city of Mountain Iron is where the “Iron Range” began. It was here that Leonidas Merritt discovered ore in 1890. The town still reflects the mining emphasis. Located just south of town is the Minntac Mine Overlook. Here, visitors have a unique chance to view the operation. In the downtown area you can climb aboard the 1910 Baldwin locomotive on display.

Here are a couple of Mountain Iron’s Attractions.
Historic Downtown | Complete with a locomotive from 1910
Mountain Iron Library | Historic location with a statue to honor the founder of the Iron Ore Range, Leonidas Merritt | 5742 Mountain Ave., Mountain Iron, MN 55768 | 218-735-8625

Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail from here, it is three miles east to Virginia.    

 

Virginia

With two lakes right in the center of town as you pass through or connect with the Mesabi Trail, Virginia offers numerous buildings listed on the National Historic Register showing its pristine past. Located 60 miles north of Duluth and a 100 miles south of the Canadian border, Virginia has natural scenic beauty and many mining attractions and festivals. The Mineview in the Sky gives visitors a 20-story view of the Rouchleau Mine group, the area’s deepest mine. Along with most hotels, coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi availability. Additionally, the public library is another good option.  The Virgina Public Library is located at 215 5th Ave. South in Virginia. They can be contacted by phone at 218-748-7525.

Here are a few of Virginia’s attractions.
Cane Lakes Candies | 414 Chestnut St., Virginia, MN 55792 | 218-741-1557
Giant Loon Seasonally displayed, check out the 20 foot Loon to honor Minnesota’s State Bird
Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant | 5478 Mountain Iron Drive, Virginia, MN 55792 | 218-741-8681

Riding your bicycling on the Mesabi Trail from here, it is seven miles east, up the beautiful rock edged rail-trail, to Gilbert.

Next Bike Adventure – South Saint Paul

At A Glance: South Saint Paul – Fun and Food

Biking along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) is just one of the many opportunities visitors will find when cycling here in the Southeast side of the Twin City Metro Area. As Ol’ Man River bends through St. Paul, Minnesota, opportunities for mountain biking, paved trail riding, and road touring make this area fun to explore.

A bike rider riding along the Mississippi River Trail, in Mendota Heights, with the Downtown St. Paul skyline in the background.

A bike rider riding along the Mississippi River Trail, in Mendota Heights, with the Downtown St. Paul skyline in the background.

The first thing that riders will notice while biking in the four communities of South St. Paul are the downtown skyline features and colorful scenery as the Minnesota River meets the Mississippi near Fort Snelling State Park. Along with a long list of places to stay and explore here, in this South metro area you will find many bicycle riding options.

Each year there are thousands of people who visit the trails in the South metro communities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, and South St. Paul. Offering many fun attractions, delicious places to eat, amazing natural beauty, and recreational options while staying makes this area a great place to visit. Everything fun that you would expect from a series of river towns along the Mississippi River is right here at your fingertips.

When not biking, the warm summer air welcomes good times with outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, festival events, and water sports activities. In the Fall you can enjoy the colorful array of the fall foliage in the city and nearby county parks including the spectacular Salem Hills mountain bike park. While local winery and brewery establishments offer the crisp flavors of the harvest, there’s always more to see, do, and taste. In winter you can experience fat biking or cross-country skiing along the river bottom. Plus, check out the opportunities in the historic downtown districts, take in the sights, and venture back in time to enjoy what these towns can offer. Spring flowers bloom in the parks and along the bike trails welcoming another season to back again.

Where to Bike in the Area

With four bike-friendly communities in this area you will find riding the streets and roads here safe and relaxing. You will also find miles of paved trails nestled throughout the communities. For the mountain bikers, no matter what expertise level, many fun trails are offered in nearby Salem Hills Parks and the river bottoms along the Minnesota River.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking South St Paul Area Map

Mississippi River Regional Trail
Saint Paul Cycling Trails

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

Dodge Nature Park
Fort Snelling State Park
Friendly Marsh Park
Kapiosa Park & Landing
Mississippi River Trail
South Saint Paul Riverfront Trail
Thompson Park

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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OneTen Cycle | 1040 Dakota Dr., Mendota Heights, MN 55120 | 651-454-2066
Bike King | 6489 Cahill Ave., Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 | 651-457-7766

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Como Park Zoo | 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, MN 55103 | 651-487-8201
CHS Field- St. Paul Saints | 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul, MN 55101 | 651-644-3517
Science Museum of Minnesota | 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102 | 651-221-9444
Minnesota State Capitol | 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155 | 651-296-2881   

Where to Eat

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T & T Galley | 901 Southview Blvd., South St. Paul, MN 55075 | 651-451-0146
Old World Pizza | Menu | 5660 Bishop Ave., Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 | 651-455-1551
The Fireside Lounge and Bar | Menu | 288 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, MN 55118 | 651-457-6397

Where to Sleep  

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Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi available. Additionally, the public library is another good option.

The South Saint Paul Library is located at 106 3rd Ave. N., South St. Paul, MN 55075 and can be contacted by phone at 651-554-3240.

There are also other libraries in the area.

Next Bike Adventure – Cuyuna Lakes

At-A-Glance: Exploring Cuyuna – Fun and Food 

Cuyuna Lakes Area is Minnesota’s newest bike destination. Formed by lakes and some old iron ore mines of days gone by, it is a place for bicyclists of every skill level to enjoy.  In exploring Cuyuna, you can enjoy riding through forests, by lake shores, and along side of mountains made from the rocks that were taken from the old pits. In these three connecting towns, where the Cuyuna Range stretches, it is easy for you to park your car and explore the communities by bike. With miles of trail, plenty of retail for recreational and restaurant choices, it’s easy to spend several days here.

A family riding the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail, north of Crosby, MN. -photo by Aaron W. Hautala

A family riding the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail, north of Crosby, MN. -photo by Aaron W. Hautala

Where to Bike in the Area

Here you will find one of the newest mountain bike parks, certified by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). With miles of well marked trails for all levels of riders, one can enter the trail either from Ironton or Crosby. In Downtown Ironton, the trail users will find restaurants and many services. The access is away from highway traffic making this a safe connection for trail users. In Crosby, the trail passes adjacent to the Croft Mine Historical Park on the city’s paved trail. For the recreational and road touring riders, enjoy the five-mile Cuyuna Lakes State Trail and the many low traffic roads that create some wonderful loops that will take you along the Mississippi River and lakes in the area while riding here.

 

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking’s Map of the Area

Cuyuna Recreational Area Map
Paul Bunyan Cyclist Road/Trail Map Series

 

Walk/Hike Opportunities 

Crow Wing State Park
Cuyuna Recreational Area Map

 

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Cycle Path & Paddle | 115 3rd Ave. S.W., Crosby, MN 56441 | 218-545-4545
Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association | 218-545-4545
Paul Bunyan Cyclists – offering safe rides in the Northlands | 218-545-4545

 

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Crosby:
Crosby Mine Historical Park | N. 8th St & 2nd Ave. E., Crosby, MN 56441 | 218-546-5466

Ironton:
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area | 307 3rd Street, Ironton, MN 56455 | 218-546-5926

Deerwood:
Traditions Mini-Golf | 24228 State Highway 210, Deerwood, MN 56444 | 218-534-9250

 

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From the Dairy Queen in Crosby to lakeside dining at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, the Cuyuna Lakes Area offers several interesting and charming cafes, coffee, and ice cream shops ideally suited to a cyclist’s taste.

Ironton:
Louie’s Bucket of Bones | Menu | 101 4th St., Ironton, MN 56455 | 218-546-6153

Crosby:
Heartland Kitchen and Cafe | Menu | 131 W. Main St., Crosby, MN 56441 | 218-546-5746

Deerwood:
Coach’s Corner Sports Pub | Hwy 6 & 210, Deerwood, MN 56444 | 218-546-3292

 

Where to Sleep 

exploring cuyuna lakes

 

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area 

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

Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library is located at 101 1st St. S.E., Crosby, MN 56441 and can be contacted by phone by dialing 218-546-8005.

See the Cuyuna Lakes Tourism Bureau for more detailed information.

Next Bike Adventure – Walker / Leech Lake Area

At A Glance: Exploring Walker and Leech Lake Area – Fun and Food

The area of Leech Lake is still the land of stories, rich history, and is a great place to bike. As more and more people discover this beautiful area, where the Heartland Trail intersects with the Paul Bunyan Trail, there are adventures that are sure to turn into a tale that can be shared over and over. Whatever you seek, come to the Leech Lake Area and form your own tale.

A fun place to mountain bike with warmer days ahead is the Godbolt Lake and Hanson Lake Loops, near Walker, MN, Just south of Leech Lake.

A fun place to mountain bike with warmer days ahead is the Godbolt Lake and Hanson Lake Loops, near Walker, MN, just south of Leech Lake.

Where to Bike in the Area

The Heartland State Trail is a multiple-use paved trail between Park Rapids and Cass Lake, with Walker at the center, intersecting with the Paul Bunyan Trail. The trail is located entirely on a level abandoned railroad grade, except a segment of the Paul Bunyan Trail southwest of Walker is on sharply rolling terrain. The 22 mile segment to Cass Lake, north of Walker, offers views of lakes, rivers, and streams and many are accessible from the trail. This trail corridor passes through northern hardwood forests, stands of jack, red pine, white pine, as well as the spruce fir forests for scenic views of nature along the way.

The Paul Bunyan Trail, stretching from Bemidji to Brainerd, intersects with the Heartland Trail in Walker. Built along abandoned rail corridors, both these trails are great venues for easy-going exploration of northern Minnesota.

Mountain bikers will appreciate both the Gadbolt Lake Loop and the Hanson Lake loop in the area.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Walker/Leech Lake Area Map

Heartland Trail Map 
Paul Bunyan Trail Map

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

City and Area Parks
Paul Bunyan and Huntersville State Forests & Trails

 

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Northern Cycle | 100 Mill Road, Park Rapids, MN 56470 | 218-732-5971

 

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Forestedge Winery | 35295 State 64, Laporte, MN 56461| 218-224-3535
Folklore Theater | 100 Highland Ave., Walker, MN 56484 | 218-547-4044

 

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From the Lucky Moose Bar & Grill to the elegant Dancing Fire Restaurant, the Leech Lake/Walker Area also offers several interesting and charming cafes, coffee shops, and ice cream shops ideally suited to a cyclist’s taste.

Benson’s Eating and Drinking Emporium | Menu | 400 Minnesota Ave., Walker, MN 56484 | 218-547-1896 
Walker Bay Coffee Co. | 499 Minnesota Ave. W., Walker, MN 56484 | 218-547-1183

The Boulders | 8363 Lakeland Trail N.W., Walker, MN 56484 | 218-547-1006

Outdoorsman Cafe |  511 Minnesota Ave. W., Walker, MN 56484 | 218-547-3310

Where to Sleep When Visiting

Exploring Walker

 

Public Wi-Fi spots:

Along with most hotels, coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi available. Additionally, the public library is another good option.

The Walker Public Library is located at 207 4th St., Walker, MN and can be contacted at 218-547-1019.

See Leech Lake Tourism for more detailed information for exploring Walker, Minnesota.

HaveFunBiking To Akeley on the Heartland Trail

Akeley is located on the Heartland Trail.  Here in town, you can enjoy the Paul Bunyan Historical Museum, the Akeley City Park & Campground, and the Moon Dance Ranch & Adventure Park. This is a great place for family fun all day.

 

HaveFunBiking to Hackensack on the Paul Bunyan Trail

Situated at the heart of Minnesota’s “ten thousand lakes,” south of Walker, Hackensack is home to the ultimate in fishing, water-skiing, swimming, and canoeing. In fact, you’ll find 127 lakes within a ten mile radius of here. This community along the trail offers several interesting and charming coffee shops and cafés ideally suited to a cyclist’s interest.

Next Bike Adventure – Prairie Waters Area

At A Glance: Exploring Prairie Waters Area – Fun and Food

Enjoy pedaling alongside the wild flowers and nature in the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters Area.

Enjoy pedaling alongside the wild flowers and nature in the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters Area.

In an area where the prairie meets in the Upper Minnesota River Valley, you can relax, kick back, and enjoy this serene grassland area with wild flowers as you bike alongside the meandering rivers and streams. While pedaling, indulge yourself in the rich ethnic and culture heritage of the Prairie Waters Area. While visiting enjoy popular bike routes on low traffic roads in the counties of: Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine. And, after pedaling through the countryside with family and friends, enjoy the kick back experience and fun offered in several of the Prairie Waters communities here.

 

Where to Bike in the Area

There are miles of country back roads in the region with a variety of scenery and terrain. Bike around Lac qui Parle Lake or travel on the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway roads. Here, in this three county area, many of the route loops allow you to ride past wildlife refuges and parks for bird viewing and historic points of interest. You can do all of this while meandering through the rolling countryside, which consists of farm fields, wooded areas, marshes, and rivers between the towns of Montevideo and Ortonville.

The back roads between the two communities are quiet and perfect for biking. In Montevideo and the four state parks in the Prairie Waters Area (Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Monson, and Upper Sioux Agency) you will find paved trails. Plus, in Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, leading out of Ortonville, you will find a paved trail and additional trails for mountain biking.

 

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Map
Lac Qui Parle Co. Roads
Swift Co. Roads

Walk/Hiking Opportunities 
Upper Souix Agency State Park

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Midtown Bicycle | 301 N. 1st Street, Montevideo, MN 56265 | 320-269-9383

 

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Montevideo
Lagoon Park | 103 Canton Avenue, Montevideo, MN 56265

Ortonville
Big Stone Lake | 35889 Meadowbrook State Park Road, Ortonville, MN 56278

 

Where to Eat 

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Montevideo
Topper’s Bar and Grill | Menu | 311 State Rd., Montevideo, MN 56265 | 320-269-9401
Jake’s Pizza | 207 S 1st St, Montevideo, MN 56265 | 320-269-2115

Ortonville:
Headwaters Bar and Grill | 17 2nd St. N.W., Ortonville, MN 56278 | 320-839-2270
Lakewood Supper Club | 1073 Lake Shore Dr., Ortonville, MN 56278 | 320-839-9972

 

Where to Sleep When Visiting 

 

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Public Wi-Fi spots in the Area 

Along with most hotels,  coffee shops and restaurants having Wi-Fi availability, the public library in the Prairie Waters Area are another good option:

The Appleton City Library  | 323 W Schlieman Ave., Appleton, MN 56208 | 320-289-1681
Benson Public Library | 200 13th St. N., Benson MN 56215 | 320-842-7981
Granite Falls Library | 155 7th Avenue, Granite Falls, MN 56241 | 320-564-3738
Madison Public Library | 401 6th Ave., Madison, MN 56256 | 320-598-7938
Montevideo Public Library | 224 S 1st St,. Montevideo, MN 56265 | 320-269-6501

Ortonville Public Library | 412 NW 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278 | 320-839-2494

See the Prairie Waters Tourism Bureau for more detailed information.

Next Bike Adventure – Hutchinson

At-A-Glance: Exploring Hutchinson – Fun and Food

Biking along the Luce Line State Trail is just one of the cycling opportunities visitors can find when in Hutchinson, MN. Known as Minnesota’s Hometown, you will feel welcomed and comfortable, just as you would where you are from. Located in central Minnesota, Hutchinson is the ideal location for an exciting day trips or an enjoyable weekend getaways with your bike.

This family is having fun at the Water Carnival Rotary Bike Ride, held each June in Hutchinson, MN.

This family is having fun at the Water Carnival Rotary Bike Ride, held each June in Hutchinson, MN.

Each year, thousands of people visit the trails, family attractions, fun places to eat and recreation opportunities here. About an hour drive west, from the Twin City metro area, you will find many bicycle riding options, plus many fun things to do when not pedaling.

When not biking, the warm summer air welcomes good times with outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, festival events, maybe a round of golf or try their disc, or mini golf for a change of pace. Bowl a few frames with friends or test your batting skills at the batting cages. If you enjoy something a little more extreme, paintball could be a great option for you. In the Fall enjoy the colorful array of the fall foliage in the city and nearby county parks, while local winery and brewery establishments offering the crisp flavors of the harvest. In between winter fat bike experiences, explore their ice rinks and many trails for: snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Spring flowers bloom in the parks and along the local bike trails welcoming another season to come back, again and again.

Where to Bike in the Area

Being a bike-friendly community, you will find riding the streets and roads in the area safe and relaxing. Along with the 63-mile Luce Line Trail offering a scenic bicycle excursion from the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, you will be amazed at the beauty as you arrive riding in along the Crow River through Hutchinson. Also, Stahls Lake Mountain Bike Park and the new Hutchinson terrain are worth checking out.  Or, you could also join in on one of the many community bike rides.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Hutchinson Area Map
Hutchinson Interactive Map
Hutchinson (Map My Ride) Map
Luce Line Trail (DNR) Map
Stahls Lake Park (Single track mountain bike park)
Tartan Terrain Park

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

You will be amazed at their beautiful city park system, encompassing over 30 individual recreation areas.

Hutchinson Recreational Brochure

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Outdoor Motion | 141 Main St. S,, Hutchinson, MN 55350 | 320-587-2453
Water Carninival Rotary Bike Ride

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Crow River Winery | 14848 Highway 7 East, Hutchinson, MN 55350 | 320-587-2922
Hutch Bowl | 1150 Highway 7 W. Suite A, Hutchinson, MN 55350 | 320-587-2352
Cedar Mills Karting | 62841 140th St., Hutchinson MN 55350 | 952-594-4854

Under the Clock Framing and Gifts Main Website | 720 Century Ave. S.W., Hutchinson, MN 55350 | 320-587-4438

 

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Zella’s | Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | 14 Main St. S., Hutchinson, MN 55350 | 320-587-9463
Tokyo Grill | 1190 Highway 7 West, Hutchinson, MN 55350 | 320-587-8880
Sonora’s Mexican Restaurant | 15 2nd Ave. S.W., Hutchinson, MN 55350 | 320-587-7303
McCormick’s Family Restaurant | 1105 Highway 15 S., Hutchinson, MN 55350 | 320-587-4417

Where to Sleep When Visiting

exploring hutchinson

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, many coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi availability. Additionally, the public library is another good option. Hutchinson Public Library is located at 50 Hassan Street S.E., Hutchinson, MN 55350 and can be contacted by calling 320-587-2368.

Next Bike Adventure – Austin

At-A-Glance: Exploring Austin – Fun and Food

Austin Minnesota, located in Mower county, is in Granite Country and has picturesque vistas surrounding the area. Austin is famously nicknamed “Spam Town USA” due to Hormel Meats headquarters located in Austin, along with the Spam Museum. If you have never thought about trying spam, maybe in exploring Austin it will spike your adventurous side.

Where to Bike in the Area

Being a bike-friendly community, by the League of American Cyclists, you will find riding the streets and roads here safe and relaxing. With miles of paved trails nestled in Granite Country, the ride is sure to be a calm one. For the mountain biker, no matter what level of expertise you have, many fun trails are offered while exploring Austin’s great landscape.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking’s Austin Area Map

Austin Bike Trail
Biking Trails
Mountain Bike Trail

 

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

City Parks

 

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Rydjor Bike Shop | 213 Main St. North, Austin, MN 55912 | 507-433-7571

 

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Spam Museum and Visit Center | 101 3rd Avenue Northeast, Austin, MN 55912 | 507-437-5100
Austin ArtWorks Center | 300 Main St. North, Austin, MN 55912 | 507-434-0934
Historic Paramount Theatre – great shows in a beautiful theatre registered as a historical place | 125 4th Ave. NE, Austin, MN 55912 | 507-434-0934

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Piggy Blues Bar-B-Que | Menu | 323 N. Main St., Austin, MN 55912 | 507-434-8485
The Old Mill | Menu | 3504 11th Place NE, Austin, MN 55912 | 507-437-2076
Grinder’s Deli | 604 3rd Ave. NW, Austin, MN 55912 | 507-433-6808
Steve’s Pizza | Menu | 421 N Main St., Austin, MN 55912 | 507-437-3249

 

Where to Sleep When Visiting

Exploring Austin

After a long day of exploring Austin, find comfort in these great places.

 

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, many coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi available. Also, the public library is another good option. Austin public library is located at 323 4th Avenue Northeast, Austin, MN 55912 and you can find out more about the library by clicking here.