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 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.

All Programs & Events

Upcoming biking programs and events.

Miles of Trails

Regional Trails

Bassett Creek, 7, paved
Big Woods, 12.4, paved
Cedar Lake, 4.5, paved
Crystal Lake, 8.6, paved
Dakota Rail, 13.5, paved
Lake Independence, 15.9, paved
Lake Minnetonka, 15.8, aggregate
Luce Line, 9, paved
Medicine Lake, 20.7, paved
Minnesota River Bluffs, 9.2, aggregate
Nine Mile Creek, 15.3, paved
Nokomis-Minnesota River, 5, paved
North Cedar Lake, 4.4, paved
Northeast Diagonal, 0.6, paved
Rush Creek, 9.9, paved
Shingle Creek, 8.4, paved
Twin Lakes, 4.4, paved
West Mississippi River, 10.4, paved

Park Trails

Anderson Lakes, 1.1, paved
Baker, 12.5
Bryant, 2
Carver, 9.1
Cleary, 3.5
Eagle Lake, 1
Elm Creek, 20
Fish Lake, 3
French, 4.6
Gale Woods Farm, 2.2
Hyland, 8.6
Lake Minnetonka, 3.2
Lake Rebecca, 7.8
Mississippi Gateway, 1
North Mississippi, 1.6
Silverwood, 1
Sochacki Park    
Spring Lake, 3

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.

What Bikes are Allowed?

Most types of bicycles are allowed on the trails, including e-bikes if they meet the state’s definition and requirements. No matter what type of bike you're riding, you must operate it safely and at a safe speed. Be sure to Share the Trail!

E-bikes

E-bikes (electric-assist or pedal-assist bicycles) can be used wherever traditional bicycles are allowed within Three Rivers, including regional trails, paved in-park trails and singletrack trails, if they meet the state’s definition and requirements. A motorized bicycle that does not meet this definition is not allowed on any Park District trail. Learn more about e-bike use in the parks.

Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikes can be ridden on trails, but if you’re looking for trails designed specifically for your mountain bike, check out our singletrack mountain biking trails in Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Carver Park Reserve, Elm Creek Park Reserve and Lake Rebecca Park Reserve. 

Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices

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 and learn more about accessibility at Three Rivers.

Bike Rentals

Need a bike? No problem. Three Rivers offer bike rentals at Baker Campground and Lake Auburn Campground at Carver Park Reserve. Rentals are open to everyone, not just campers.

Bike Camping

The regional trail system offers great opportunities for bike-friendly camping, load up your bike trailer or panniers and head out for an overnight or week of adventure. Campgrounds with reservations are available at Baker, Lake Auburn and Cleary Lake campgrounds.

 

Looking for a bike-only campsite? No cars are allowed at a communal campsite at Lake Auburn. The site is accessible by the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail, and amenities include a commons area with a fire ring, picnic tables, hammock posts, bike rack and all the other nearby facilities of Carver Park Reserve. As drop-in sites, no reservations are available. Camping fee is $10 per tent per night; the site can accommodate up to 10 tents.

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!

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

The Three Rivers Blog

March 31, 2021

At Three Rivers, we get so excited for #30daysofbiking in April, but we know not everyone feels comfortable on bikes and trails. Learn how we're working with the community to address inequities in biking. 

August 17, 2020

Meet one of our staff, Lori Lindahl, and discover a day in her life as a Three Rivers Park Service Assistant.

Quiet Parks to Explore

By: Alyssa Schauer & Erin Korsmo

April 03, 2020

As Earth blooms, we’re all feeling the urge to get outside and welcome spring. But in the midst of COVID-19, how can we do it safely? We’ve rounded up a list of some quiet places to explore where you can find the space you need to spread out and still bask in the beauty of spring sunshine.

Other Things To Do

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.

Hiking

Hiking

A turf trail passes by a sign that says "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.

Please note: In winter, hiking on cross-country ski trails is not permitted.

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

A mountain biker rides on a dirt path through tall grasses.

If you’re looking for your own adventure, give mountain biking a try in Three Rivers. There are designated mountain bike trails at CarverElm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan parks and other paved bike/hike trails of varying terrain and difficulty for mountain bikers of any skill level.

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.

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. 

Tubing

Tubing

Children waiting at the top of the tubing hill

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.

Advance online reservations are required for tubing.