Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers know the excitement of speeding down a hill, the challenge of a steep climb and the thrill of weaving through scenic trails. If you’re looking for your own adventure, give mountain biking a try in Three Rivers. There are designated mountain bike trails and paved bike/hike trails of varying terrain and difficulty for mountain bikers of any skill level. Some trails are open for winter mountain biking. Off-trail biking is not permitted.

Trail Conditions

With consideration for the sensitive nature of the trails and our sustainability efforts, trails are occasionally closed due to wet or warm conditions. Conditions are updated here, and on the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists website.

Year-round trails (weather permitting):

Elm Creek Singletrack Trail (12.7 miles, Open)
Lake Rebecca Singletrack Trail (13.3 miles, Open)
Monarch Singletrack Trail (Carver Park Reserve) (10.3 miles, Open)
Murphy-Hanrehan Singletrack Trail (10 miles, Open)

Winter-only trails:

Baker Park Reserve (four miles, closed)
Cleary Lake Regional Park (3.8 miles, closed)
Eagle Lake Regional Park (1.7 miles, closed)

All Programs & Events

Electric-Assist/Pedal-Assist Bicycles

E-bikes (electric-assist or pedal-assist bicycles) are allowed on singletrack mountain bike trails 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 about e-bike use in the parks.

Winter Trail Use

Help us protect groomed mountain bike trails in the winter. Overinflating tires, riding in warm temperatures and wearing boots can leave tracks that damage groomed trails. Here are few ways you can help:

  • Reduce your tire pressure.
  • Ride when temperatures are below freezing.
  • Wear snowshoes when hiking on singletrack trails. 

Challenge yourself and compete against other riders in Big Woods Classic, Three Rivers' annual mountain bike race! The race, held each summer, offers distances and events for new and experienced racers, including youth and adults.

In Three Rivers, having fun doesn't have to cost a thing. From free parking to free activities to free programs and events, find your adventure!

Other Things To Do

Bike Trail

Biking

Two women bike over a bridge.

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’ll appreciate 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.

Campground

Camping

Camping tent and fire

Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and wake up with the sunrise. Camping is the stuff memories are made of and at Three Rivers, you’ll find all the fun of camping without the long car trip. Campgrounds are located at Baker, Carver and Cleary Lake

Downhill Ski Area

Downhill & Telemark Skiing

Skier mule kicking in the air

Hyland Hills Ski Area and the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek offer downhill ski areas for all skill levels, from training hills to Olympic-level training jumps. The downhill ski areas feature snowmaking and well-groomed hills for unbeatable winter fun.

Paddling

Paddling

Three people kayaking on a lake.

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.

Skijoring and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Women on skis with dog pulling

If you have a dog with some pent-up winter energy, bring it to Three Rivers Parks for fun exercise where we have designated trails for skijoring and dog sledding.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding

A snowboarder rides over a pipe feature. Several others snowboarders are behind him.

Snowboarding is just one more way you can enjoy the wintry Minnesota outdoors. From group or private lessons to equipment rental to impeccably groomed hills for every skill level, the Hyland Hills Ski Area and the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek have everything you need to carve up the slopes.