Biking in Three Rivers is a great way to get the whole family outside. Whether you’re the casual rider or a cyclist in training, you can enjoy more than 240 miles of off-roadway bike/hike trails that wind through woodlands and grasslands and rim the shorelines of lakes and ponds at our parks throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Just strap on your helmet, hop on the pedals and you’re on your way to a great ride.
Where to bike
- Anderson Lakes
- Baker Park Reserve
- Bassett Creek Regional Trail
- Big Woods Regional Trail
- Bryant Lake Regional Park
- Carver Park Reserve
- Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park
- Cedar Lake Regional Trail
- Cleary Lake Regional Park
- Crystal Lake Regional Trail
- Dakota Rail Regional Trail
- Eagle Lake Regional Park
- Elm Creek Park Reserve
- Fish Lake Regional Park
- French Regional Park
- Gale Woods Farm
- Hyland Lake Park Reserve
- Lake Independence Regional Trail
- Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
- Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail
- Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
- Luce Line Regional Trail
- Medicine Lake Regional Trail
- Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail
- Mississippi Gateway Regional Park
- Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail
- Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional Trail
- North Cedar Lake Regional Trail
- North Mississippi Regional Park
- Northeast Diagonal Regional Trail
- Rush Creek Regional Trail
- Shingle Creek Regional Trail
- Silverwood Park
- Sochacki Park
- Spring Lake Regional Park
- The Landing
- Twin Lakes Regional Trail
- West Mississippi River Regional Trail
All Programs and Events
Upcoming biking programs and events.
Miles of trails
Anderson Lakes, 1.1, paved
Bassett Creek, 5.5, paved
Big Woods, 12.8, paved
Cedar Lake, 5.4, paved
Crystal Lake, 9.2, paved
Dakota Rail, 14.8, paved
Lake Independence, 17.3, paved
Lake Minnetonka, 15.9, aggregate
Luce Line, 8.8, paved
Medicine Lake, 16.6, paved
Minnesota River Bluffs, 12.3, aggregate
Nine Mile Creek, 14.6, paved
Nokomis-Minnesota River, 5.3, paved
North Cedar Lake, 4.3, paved
Northeast Diagonal, 0.6, paved
Rush Creek, 9.9, paved
Shingle Creek, 8.4, paved
Twin Lakes, 4.2, paved
West Mississippi River, 9.5, paved
Eagle Lake, 1
Elm Creek, 20
Fish Lake, 3
Gale Woods Farm, 2.2
Lake Minnetonka, 3.2
Lake Rebecca, 7.8
Mississippi Gateway, 1
North Mississippi, 1.6
Spring Lake, 3
Hard-surfaced trails are shared by bikers, hikers, runners, in-line skaters/roller-skiers and dog-walkers. Some are also appropriate for wheelchairs and strollers. The trails are two-way and may include wooden bridges and road crossings. In addition to the many in-park trails, Three Rivers also operates regional trails, popular among bike commuters and those just out enjoying the ride.
Need a bike? No problem. Three Rivers offer bike rentals at Baker Campground. Rentals are open to everyone, not just campers.
E-bikes (electric-assist or pedal-assist bicycles) are allowed on paved trails and wherever traditional bicycles are allowed if they meet the state’s definition and requirements (subdivision 27). A motorized bicycle that does not meet this definition is not allowed on any Park District trails. Learn more e-bike use in the parks.
Three Rivers has designated mountain biking trails in Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Carver Park Reserve, Elm Creek Park Reserve and Lake Rebecca Park Reserve.
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Other things to do
Recreate on the water with canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Get exercise and fresh air while you explore the shorelines and bays where motorized boats can’t go. Need a boat? Three Rivers offers canoe, kayak, rowboat, paddleboat and stand-up paddleboard rentals at several parks.
One of the best ways to explore year-round is to head out for a hike on the extensive trail system in Three Rivers. Trails wind through the woodland, grassland and wetland habitats of many species of wildlife. You’ll be amazed at what you might see along the way.
Please note: In winter, hiking on cross-country ski trails is not permitted.
If you like sledding, you’ll love snow tubing at the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek. Ride a moving sidewalk up a hill 10 stories high and then soar back down on a specially designed inner tube. Once you get to the bottom, do it all over again.
New this season: Advance online reservations are required for tubing.