Mountain Biking in Minneapolis, MN
About Minneapolis Mountain Biking
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.
One of the best single tracks in the Twin Cities, Hillside Park offers mountain intermediate to advanced bikers 7.6-miles of technical terrain with tight and twisty routes.
While in the historic Fort Snelling State Park, it is hard to believe that the hectic pace of civilization pulses so close by. Once inside, empty your mind while biking on the quiet trails along the scenic Minnesota River.
If you get a group of Minneapolis mountain bikers together and ask them which is the best trail in the Twin Cities, Battle Creek Regional Park is usually a top contender. With its 10-mile expert single track, there is no comparison found in the Twin Cities area.
An easy to moderate 3.7-mile single track is nestled in the center of Lake Rebecca Park Reserve. This trail offers steep falls, rooty climbs, and some of the best views of the entire park.
A local favorite for Twin Cities’ mountain bikers, Murphy-Hanrehan offers 3 trail loops nestled in glacial moraine. With varying levels of difficulty, this trail is great for beginners and the experienced veteran.
Often for new riders wanting to improve their skills or veteran riders looking for a less crowded track to get in some miles, Terrance Oaks Park is a great mountain biking destination.
If you’re looking for a fun trail that will improve your endurance and offers some variety, then the Minnesota River Bottoms is the trail for you.
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