Biking

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 60 miles of paved off-roadway bike/hike trails that wind through woodlands and grasslands and rim the shorelines of lakes and ponds at our parks. Just strap on your helmet, hop on the pedals and you’re on your way to a great ride.

Park Trails

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.

Miles of trails

Regional Trails

Bassett Creek, 1.8, paved
Cedar Lake LRT, 4.5, paved
Crystal Lake, 4.3, paved
Dakota Rail, 13, paved
Lake Independence, 15.87, paved
Lake Minnetonka LRT, 15, aggregate
Luce Line, 9, paved
Medicine Lake, 15.64, paved
Minnesota River Bluffs LRT, 12.25, aggregate
Nine Mile Creek, 4.9, paved
Nokomis-Minnesota River, 7, paved
North Cedar Lake, 4.3, paved
Northeast Diagonal, 0.6, paved
Rush Creek, 9.64, paved
Scott West, 8, paved
Shingle Creek, 8.43, paved
Twin Lakes, 3.2, paved

Park Trails

Baker, 12.5
Bryant , 2
Carver, 9.1
Cleary , 3.5
Coon Rapids Dam, 1
Eagle Lake, 1
Elm Creek, 20
Fish Lake, 3
French, 4.6
Hyland, 8.6
Lake Minnetonka, 3.2
Lake Rebecca, 7.8
North Mississippi, 1.6
Silverwood, 1
Sochacki Park    
Spring Lake, 3

Singletrack Trails

Elm Creek, 12.7 (closed)
Lake Rebecca, 13.25 (closed)
Murphy-Hanrehan, 10 (open)

Programs and Events

Upcoming biking programs and events.

Three Rivers allows appropriate Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMDs) in parks and trails to assist persons with mobility disabilities to more fully enjoy park areas, facilities and trails. Review the OPDMD Guidelines.

It pays to be nice! Learn how to Share the Trail with bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Other things to do

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

Mountain biker on wooded trail

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.

Paddling

Paddling

Kayakers lined up for a lesson

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.

Hiking

Hiking

Wooded hiking trail

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.

Downhill Ski Area

Downhill and 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.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding

Snowboarder in the air

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, Three Rivers has everything you need to carve up the slopes.

Tubing

Tubing

Children waiting at the top of the tubing hill

If you like sledding, you’ll love snow tubing. 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. Tubers of all ages will have a blast speeding down the chutes.