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Biking

Biking over a bridge on the Root River Trail
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Pedal through Minnesota's Bluff Country on the scenic Root River State Trail

Go For a Ride in Minnesota

From the nation's best urban trails in the Twin Cities to rural rail-trails through lush forest or wild prairie, Minnesota's 4,000+ miles of paved trails are a cyclist's dream. Many bike trails are along former railroad beds, offering secluded, scenic biking. Some of the longest paved trails include the Root River, Paul Bunyan and Central Lakes trails.

Minnesota is also home to an exceptional variety of mountain bike trails, many of which stay open for fat biking all winter long. From lift-served downhill trails in Duluth, to the legendary red dirt at Cuyuna, you'll find outstanding mountain bike trails across Minnesota. 

Taking a rock roll at Piedmont

There's no shortage of rock rolls on the Piedmont trails / Pinkbike

Going the Distance

If you’re looking for a longer ride, point your tires toward the two official 1,000+ mile U.S. Bicycle Routes: the Northstar Route (NSR) and the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). 

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Gitchi Gami Bike Trail along the North Shore of Lake Superior

Gitchi Gami Bike Trail along the North Shore of Lake Superior

Winter Fat Biking

Winter weather means it’s time for fat biking (aka winter biking, snow biking or ice biking), and Cuyuna’s dormant iron mines feature 25 miles of some of the country’s best winter-ready mountain biking trails.

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Ciclistas en un sendero nevado en Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids se está convirtiendo en un centro de ciclismo de montaña durante todo el año / John Connelly

Unforgettable Rides

Minnesota’s diverse landscape promises incomparable paths for all experience levels to explore by bike. In southern Minnesota, try the iconic Almanzo gravel ride or explore the Great Plains along the Casey Jones Trail. In northeast Minnesota, explore the trails through the Superior National Forest or along the iconic Duluth Traverse.

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Superior National Forest bikepacking biking

Bikepacking in the Superior National Forest, one of Minnesota's most remote destinations / Tom Thulen

Bikepacking

Minnesota’s 59 state forests and two national forests are brimming with exceptional bikepacking routes; experience breathtaking scenery as you embark on a two-wheeled backcountry exploration. 

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Two mountain bikers on a hill overlooking Duluth in fall

Duluth's mountain biking trails offer bird's-eye views of the city and Lake Superior below / Hansi Johnson

Mountain Biking

Revered as one of "America’s Top 20 Mountain Biking Towns" by National Geographic, Duluth boasts an impressive array of trails for all seasons, including the one-of-a-kind Duluth Traverse.

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