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A group of bikers cross the Prairie River bridge in fall
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A group of bikers cross the Prairie River bridge in fall / Mesabi Trail
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A group of bikers cross the Prairie River bridge in fall / Mesabi 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. 

City Rides

Thanks to a large network of trails and paths, cycling is a popular way to get around in the Twin Cities. Go for an evening loop around Bde Maka Ska, tour Minneapolis’ downtown riverfront or cruise along on the tree-lined bike lanes of Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

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Biking around Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis skyline in background

Pedal your way around the scenic Chain of Lakes near Uptown Minneapolis / Meet Minneapolis

Midtown Greenway Bike Trail

The Midtown Greenway Bike Trail in Minneapolis  / Paola Carlson-Sanchez

Woman biking in Lowertown St. Paul

A woman bicycling in St. Paul's trendy Lowertown neighborhood / Visit Saint Paul

Mountain Biking

Exploring Minnesota’s natural beauty on two wheels is easy. With 100-plus miles of mountain bike trails, the Duluth Traverse winds through forested hills and vibrant meadows. The red-dirt trails of Cuyuna beckon cyclists to its 800 acres. For trails suited to every level of ridership, head to Lebanon Hills just south of St. Paul in Eagan.

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Riders on the Swayze Train trail

Cruising down one of many wood bridges on Swayze Train / Pinkbike

Riding down the rock garden at Cuyuna

Skip is one of the few trails at Cuyuna with rock features / Pinkbike

Riders on the Lutsen 99er Bike Race

The Lutsen 99er in Cook County is one of Minnesota's most challenging and scenic bike races / Rod Hasse/Visit Cook County

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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

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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Three fat bikers on a snowy trail in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is becoming a mountain biking hub year-round / John Connelly

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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Taking a rock roll at Piedmont

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

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


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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