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The trails are scenic and fun in Minnesota's Hometown feel community, Hutchinson.

Bike around Hutchinson and enjoy Minnesota’s hometown feel

by Andrew Ellis

With spring riding weather soon here, I wanted to recap my visit to Hutchinson, MN. A bike-friendly community with Minnesota’s hometown feel and small town charm it is worth checking out. A short drive west of the Twin Cities, it’s one of those areas where it’s easy to lose track of time as you enjoy all the fresh air. Arriving in town you have several biking options with several lakes and parks nearby for added recreational pleasure. If you enjoy pedaling around, over driving, the whole area is very accessible so you’ll have no trouble creating some new memories.

Riding the Luce Line Trail through Hutchinson

Riding the Luce Line Trail through Hutchinson on the Jaycee’s Water Carnival, June 8th.

Aside from mountain biking, trail riding and the countryside touring opportunities here are plentiful, more than you can take in. You can immerse yourself in the local arts created by those who take inspiration from the natural beauty around them. Spend some time learning about the town’s history and how it all came to be. Or, if you are looking for unique place to eat or a gift to take home, there are plenty of opportunities waiting for you to discover.

Minnesota’s hometown feel is in bike-friendly Hutchinson

Located a little over an hour from the Twin Cities, the community here is also known as ‘Minnesota’s Hometown’.  It’s a great place to escape the often road-rage inducing atmosphere of the big city. Here you can ride the Luce Line State Trail to clear your mind and let the calm country scenery work its magic.

To start your day and plan your ride, nothing is better then McCormick’s Family Restaurant, in Hutchinson. Voted the number one place for Eggs Benedict in Minnesota, their pancakes and waffles are good too.

When it comes time to take a break from pedaling there is no shortage of attractions to keep your adventure moving forward. Hutchinson has its share of one-of-a-kind eateries and if you’re looking for some more action outside you can try your hand at some paintball.

Riding opportunities in and around Hutchinson

Its easy to get out to Stahls Lake Park, from Hutchinson.

Its easy to get out to Stahls Lake Park, from Hutchinson.

Like many small towns in Minnesota, pedaling around isn’t difficult. Here in Hutchinson there is one big trail system that takes you beyond the town limits. In fact you can ride the trail all the way to the Twin Cities. You will find a few mountain biking opportunities if you’re up for the challenges you will see below.

The Luce Line State Trail

The Luce Line State Trail stretches 63 miles (from Plymouth to Cosmos) and is a popular attraction for bikers, hikers, snowmobilers, and equestrian enthusiasts. The paved trail includes about 21 miles, from the west Carver County line, through Hutchinson, to the west McLeod County line, just outside of town. To learn more about the Luce Line, go to www.luceline.com.

To take in the Jaycee’s Water Carnival, plan to visiting the week of June 8th.

Mountain Biking

Tartan Park is located in Hutchinson and is a skills park that is perfect for beginners to advanced mountain bikers.

Tartan Park is located in Hutchinson and is a skills park that is perfect for beginners to advanced mountain bikers.

Those wishing for more than paved, level trails are in luck. Thanks to the Hutchinson Area Mountain Bike Association, there are two tracks within reach: Tartan Terrain Park and Stahls Lake Park. Tartan Park is located in town limits and is a skills park that caters to beginners and advanced (see video). If you want to venture outside the town limits to Stahl’s Lake Park, there’s a nice single-track that caters to all experience levels. Two double track loops range from .5 miles to 1 mile long. One single-track loop is over 2 miles.

Road Biking Opportunities

Like many of Minnesota’s smaller communities, navigating the area on your bike couldn’t be easier. The roads allow you to see all the area’s beautiful scenery, perfect for your next Instagram post. You can use the roads to explore the area’s parks, shops and more. Plus, you will find plenty of city trails that help you around as well. See the MnDOT county bike maps for both road and gravel opportunities.

Come, enjoy the bike-friendly fun in Minnesota's 'hometown feel' of fun.

Come, enjoy the bike-friendly fun in Minnesota’s ‘hometown feel’ of fun.

For more information on playing or staying in a community with Minnesota’s hometown feel. Check out our HaveFunBiking, At-a-Glance Hutchinson article for your next bike adventure. For places to stay and camp grounds see Explore Hutchinson.

Happy New Years as you begin 2018, we hope its you best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking like this father/son duo, in the photo at last years Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race, in Excelsior, MN.

Bike Pic Jan 1, father son duo plans for the Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race

Happy New Years as you begin 2018, we hope its you best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking like this father/son duo, in the photo at last years Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race, in Excelsior, MN.

Join us there January 13th, then, see all the other places to explore in 2018 by downloading the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s 2018 Fat Tire Race Pic

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year!

The winter edition of the Minnesota Bike Guide has been updated with more maps and helpful tips for your viewing pleasure.

More Maps and Helpful Tips: The Minnesota Bike Guide Winter Edition

Have you seen the winter bike guide issue yet? The new edition of the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide has been updated with more maps and helpful tips for your viewing pleasure. Inside you’ll find up-to-date information to help you plan your next trail ride, back country road adventure, or bike event. You’ll also find great restaurants and other attractions to stop by along the way. And it’s all easily accessible through your mobile device.

Regularly Updated Digital Bike Guide

The digital version of the guide Minnesota Bike Guide is published quarterly. This allows us here at HaveFunBiking.com to provide you with regular updates for your next bike adventure. This platform also allows for the inclusion of more maps and bike events taking place over the next few months.

Mobile Friendly

It only made sense to make this guide for mobile devices, because you’re always on-the-go. Our maps include links to our web site full of information to make your trip a great experience. There are many updates since our summer issue so be sure to check it out!

Spread the Word

After you look through the bike guide, feel free to share the link with your friends. They can find their own adventures, or you can plan a group trip full of memories waiting to be made.

Send Us Your Pictures

We want to hear about how much fun you’re having out there so send us your pictures! Add #NextBikeAdventure, tag us in the photo, or email editor@havefunbiking.com for a chance to be featured in our pic of the day.

Download the new bike guide here.

Happy New Year! We hope 2017 is the best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking! We have some great events coming up!

Bike Pic Jan 1, We Hope 2017 Is The Best Year Yet For Biking

Happy New Year! We hope 2017 is the best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking! We are excited to be co-sponsoring some awesome events this year like the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride and then the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour, to name a few. Photo above was captured last summer at cycle cross meet in Aquila Park, in St Louis Park, MN.

We would like to encourage you to send us  a special pictures that you would like to have featured in one of our Pics of the Days! Please send them to steph@havefunbiking.com or post it to Social Media and use the hashtag, #nextbikeadventure!

Then, see all the other places to explore in 2017 by downloading the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Best Year Yet Bike Pic Wishes

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic Dec 11, Miles of Sunday Smiles as She Takes the Lead

Miles of Sunday Smiles as she takes the lead on her cross bike. Each Wednesday Night throughout the summer, CX Races are hosted by area bike shops at Aquila Park, in St. Louis Park, MN.

As you patiently wait for the weather to turn to winter fun, many upper Midwest bike riders are now changing their gear over to winter activities, including fat biking, ice fishing, skiing, snowshoeing and other cold weather sports. See all the places to explore, throughout the year, in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Miles of Sunday Smile Cross Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Cycle Cross fun jumping over the hurdles in St Louis Park, MN.

Bike Pic Oct 14, Cycle Cross Fun Jumping Over the Hurdles

Cycle Cross fun jumping over the hurdles in St. Louis Park’s Aquila Park. There is still more action coming up, this weekend, October 15th & 16th. Check out the Green Acres Premium Cyclocross in Lake Elmo, MN. Also see their Facebook Event Page.

With the leaves turning and perfect weather biking we hope you get out on your bike and enjoy a fall riding possibilities in Minnesota. See many more bike friendly places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing the Cycle Cross Fun Pic of the Day. 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While showcasing all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

The fall Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide is now live digitally. 

Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide Autumn e-Edition Now Available

Please take a look at the most recent e-MN Bike/Hike Guide – Fall Edition. So, you think you already have it downloaded? Please check to make sure it’s the newest edition to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information. Then, bookmark it to your hand held devices for use when on the go!

Autumn E-Edition of the MN Bike/Hike Guide is Available

Now available is the digital, quarterly 2016 fall edition of the Minnesota Bike/Hike guide. In HaveFunBiking’s  (HFB) eighth year of printing, this handy pocket-sized book of bike travel maps and events are now updated quarterly in an e-format. With our new digital platform we are able to update information on bike travel tips regularly. Plus, we have added two more features to the guide. They include additional maps of places you may want to explore and current bike events for the next three months.

And now, our latest editions of the guide is formatted to fit your mobile phone and note pad devices. So, all bike event listed in the guide and bike friendly maps are easy to read. Plus, all of our maps include At-A-Glance links to our HFB Destination landing pages for easy access to information when on the go. Offering you more information on where to ride, eat, and stay while in an area. Plus, it’s updated from our summer edition. So, don’t miss out!

Share You Bike/Hike Guide Adventures

After your review, please share the 2016 MN Bike/Hike Guide – Fall Edition link with your friends and give them a chance to find their #NextBikeAdventure. Maybe you will ride together or share your adventures the next time you hang out. Either way, the guide opens many opportunities to stay active while having fun!

Don’t forget that you can send us your bike adventure pictures too! Add #NextBikeAdventure, tag us in your photo, or e-mail us to be featured in one of our bike pics of the day!

Bike Pic Aug 12, ice cream smiles Friday, in the Twin Cities Gateway!

Ice cream smiles were prevalent as Haggith Nadav, with Hiawatha Bicycling Club and meetup.com, enjoyed a cool treat at a rest stop in Anoka MN while riding in the Twin Cities Gateway Bike Tour. Along with a stop in Anoka, this 33-mile ride also explored the Minnesota communities of Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley and Ham Lake.

Find many more bike friendly places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking. 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike. While showcasing all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

Cuyuna Lakes Area Mountain Bike Trails Are Open 

The mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crosby, Minn. are now opened for the 2015 season – a few weeks earlier than normal, thanks to a mild winter and less-than-average snowfall. This year, new trailhead amenities and three yurts add to the offerings greeting visitors, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

One of three yurts available for rent

One of three yurts available for rent

Opened in 2011, the area features 25 miles of single-track mountain bike trails that wind through 800 acres of former mine land. The scenery is unique with deep-red soil, birch and aspen forests, and scenic vistas overlooking turquoise mine lakes – some stocked with trout.

“Thanks to the early spring and the tremendous effort of our volunteer work crew, the trails are in great shape and the riders are excited to get out there,” said Park Manager Steve Weber. “This is our fifth year, and it’s going to be a lot of fun showcasing the new trailhead improvements and three new yurts.”

Pump a tire, make an adjustment the tuneup stations is one of the amenities located at the trailhead.

Pump a tire, make an adjustment the Bike Tune Up Station is one of the amenities located at the trailhead.

During the summer of 2014, the new trailhead on Miner’s Mountain Road was constructed between Huntington Mine Lake and Pennington Mine Lake. The new facility added 96 more parking spaces, changing stations, a picnic shelter, vault toilet, new waterfront access to Huntington Mine Lake, and an improved boat access with clean-and-drain area on Pennington Mine Lake.

Also new to Cuyuna this year, are three yurts. Yurts are round camping tents set on wooden platforms and furnished with bunk beds, tables, chairs and a wood stove. The yurts, each of which will sleep up to seven people, were built on the west side of Yawkey Mine Lake and can be reserved year-round. They are located just northeast of the existing Portsmouth Campground, typically available from early May to October, which has 25 first-come, first-served campsites and a group camp with showers and flush toilets.

One group campsite and the three new yurts may be reserved in advance through the DNR’s reservation service at www.mndnr.gov/reservations or 866-857-2757.

Funding sources for development of the mountain bike trails included state bonding dollars, the Federal Transportation Enhancement Fund and the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the sales tax revenue and may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

More information about the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, including a map, directions and a video tour of the trails, can be found on the DNR website at: www.mndnr.gov/state_parks/cuyuna_country. Information is also available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.