Thanks to the members of Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC), there are a multitude of mountain biking trails developed and maintained within and just outside the city limits including the trails found within the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
A local favorite, which offers trails for beginner and advanced riders, is the Minnesota River Bottoms. Only a 16-minute drive away from downtown Minneapolis and a hop-and-a-skip from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, this bike trail is perfect for the urbanite wanting to hit the trails.
Up trail from the Minnesota River Bottoms is Fort Snelling State Park, which features 5 miles of paved bike trails and 10 miles of mountain biking trails.
South from Fort Snelling and the Minnesota River Bottoms is Terrace Oaks Park. Named for its stately oaks, this small 230-acre park has 2.5 miles of off-road biking trails catered mostly for new riders wanting to improve their technique.
Southwest of Terrace Oaks Park is Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve.Nestled in glacial moraine and offering 3 trails loops with varying difficulty, Murphy-Hanrehan is perfect for beginners and experienced cyclists.