#OptOutside: Endless Biking & Hiking Trails to Explore

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are well known as one of the best metropolitan areas for biking in the country. In the Twin Cities Gateway, biking enthusiasts will find a vast paved trail network with connections to iconic bike trails like the Mississippi River Trail. Other must-ride trails include Rum River Trail in Anoka, Coon Creek Regional Trail in Coon Rapids and Rice Creek Trail, shared by Fridley, New Brighton, Shoreview, Mounds View and Lino Lakes.

The Mississippi River Trail

The Mississippi River Trail starts at the headwaters at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and passes through the Twin Cities Gateway before flowing to the mouth of the Mississippi in Venice, Louisiana. While riding along the river you’ll pass many scenic vistas, so make sure your camera is fully charged.

The Mississippi River Trail

Rum River Regional Trail

You can take the Rum River Regional Trail down to the MRT, maybe stopping in historic downtown Anoka along the way. There are also the scenic trails in Bunker Hills Regional Park offering heavily wooded and prairie flower landscapes. Or, take the thrilling Coon Creek Regional Trail that connects to the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and the MRT with Bunker Hills Regional Park.

Rum River Regional Trail Coon Creek Regional Trail Bunker Hills Regional Park

Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Trail

For more extensive rides you can also explore the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Trail, or take the Rice Creek West Regional Trail back to the Mississippi River. This trail passes through Long Lake Park which has several adjoining trails that pass by Long and Rush Lakes. Other options include the trails in the Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park where riders may catch a glimpse of deer, red fox or waterfowl among a mix of wetlands and forest, right next door to Saint Paul.

Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Trail Rice Creek West Regional Trail

To start planning your adventure, head to our Biking and Hiking page. For more ideas to extend your adventure in Twin Cities Gateway, head to our blog, where you’ll find Top Tasty Takeout Options in Twin Cities GatewayTop Ten Truffles, Tortes & Treats, and so much more! Plus, follow us FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more adventure inspiration! For the latest news and updates, sign up for our e-newsletter below!