Minnesotans aren't ones to brag, but when it comes to our biking scene, we take great pride in having some of the best biking trails in the country. Not only do we have more than 4,000 miles of paved trails, but this extensive network also encompasses a variety of terrain, including scenic lake loops, leisurely city rides, peaceful trails along country roads, shaded routes on paved paths, journeys near rivers and through the woods, and invigorating white-knuckle mountain biking.
We have bike-sharing programs in multiple cities, tune-up stations on many trails, and places to mountain bike in the middle of winter. We have charity bike rides, serious bike races, and rambles just for the fun of it. We even have more than a dozen communities and counting designated as "Bicycle Friendly."
Minnesota is a biker's paradise, and the goal of Pedal Minnesota is to serve as your go-to resource for all things biking in the state, and to help inspire people to get outside and ride—regardless of whether your latest ride was last week, last year or two decades ago.
Find inspiration for your next ride, race or ramble here on Pedal Minnesota. As for us? We'll see you on the trails.
Planning the perfect long weekend bike trip is a delicate thing. If your destination is too far away, you’ll spend the whole trip just getting there; if it’s not far enough from home, it barely even feels like a vacation. To make planning your trip a little easier, we put together this list of fun, three- to four-day bike trips in Minnesota. They’re perfect for your next long holiday weekend (or even just your next “sick day”).
From leisurely bike strolls to epic mountain bike adventures, there are enough summer bicycling events in Minnesota to cure even the strongest case of wanderlust. Push your legs to the limit on the grueling Lutsen 99er, or enjoy a family-friendly ride around Lake Bemidji during the Loop the Lake Festival – however you like to ride, there's always something happening in Minnesota. The only thing you won't find in Minnesota this summer is a dull moment.
Your bike deserves a vacation too. Treat yourselves to a stay at a bike-friendly Minnesota lodging. By committing to bike-friendly policies and perks, these unique places to stay are sure to get any bike tourist pumped.
It’s not hard to see why bikepacking—like minimalist backpacking, but on your bike—has exploded in popularity over the last couple of years. It’s overnight, self-supported bike camping, riding primarily on low-maintenance forest roads, logging trails, gravel and singletrack—everything you love about backpacking, plus the extra speed, distance and thrill of a bike trip.
Stop dreaming and start riding. These two bicycle routes cover 1,000+ miles of roads and trails in Minnesota, connecting some of our state's finest natural wonders and cultural landmarks.
For a beginner bike camping trip in Minnesota, it’s hard to beat this three-day itinerary of the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail. You’ll ride approximately 25-30 miles per day on the flat and shaded trail that extends from Mankato to Faribault. And when you’re not riding, there’s plenty of built-in downtime to explore the trail towns and Sakatah Lake State Park, where you’ll be camping.
Like the many smaller rivers and streams that run together to form the mighty Mississippi, the Minnesota Heartland is an impressive confluence of elements. It's where the hardwoods meet the prairie, home to many of our 10,000 lakes, and where the world-famous Mississippi River begins its long trip south. And linking it all together, scenic bike trails weave around crystal lakes and over wooded hills, providing many miles of paved and off-road adventures.
Inevitably, conversations about bicycling in Minnesota will often circle back to stories about adventures in the Iron Range, or a tour up the North Shore—and for good reason. From the raw beauty of Lake Superior, to the bustling port city of Duluth, to the monumental open pit iron mines and the expansive boreal forests that cover the area, bicycling in northeast Minnesota is an experience unlike any other. It is a rare hodge-podge of beauty and grit, mines and mountains.
Spend any amount of time biking in Minnesota and you’re sure to hear stories about riding through the Mississippi River Bluffs, or suffering through the Almanzo 100 gravel race – two of southern Minnesota’s most unique biking experiences. But they’re far from the only must-ride experiences in the region. Thanks to its diverse landscape and unique bike trails, people biking in southern Minnesota enjoy unparalleled opportunities for adventure. From punchy gravel hills, to Great Plains farmland that stretches endlessly toward the horizon, to the driftless region’s rolling bluffs and valleys, bicycling in southern Minnesota is an experience unlike any other.
Passing through a cross-section of Minnesota geography and cultures, the 315-mile North Star Route (USBR 41) brings riders from metropolitan St. Paul to the bustling port city of Duluth, along the rocky North Shore of Lake Superior, and ends at Minnesota’s highest waterfall, High Falls of the Pigeon River, along the Canadian border.