Dakota Rail Regional Trail

This paved trail offers a spectacular view of Lake Minnetonka and follows the route of the former Dakota Rail Corridor through St. Bonifacius, Minnetrista, Mound, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Orono and Wayzata. In Carver County an additional 12.5 miles of paved trail extends west of St. Bonifacius to Mayer. 

13 miles  |  Paved

Hours 5:00 AM–10:00 PM

Interactive Map of Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Parking

Park in these designated public parking areas:

  • Wayzata, 175 Grove Lane
  • Mound, 5515 Lynwood Blvd.
  • Gale Woods Farm
  • St. Bonifacius, 4150 Bell St.
  • Mayer, State Highway 25 and First Street Northwest

Parks that connect

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Follow Three Rivers Park District Regional Trails

Winter Plowing

Three Rivers Park District does not maintain regional trails in the winter. Cities along each trail have the option to maintain the trail for winter activities.

Dakota Rail Regional Trail is not plowed during winter months. See more information regarding winter maintenance on Three Rivers regional trails.

Things to do

Bike Trail

Biking

A fat biker bikes across snow.

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.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

A white french bulldog wearing a pink vest walks an a paved path in the snow.

Three Rivers offers abundant scenery for you and your dog to enjoy year round, with paved, turf, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails that are dog-friendly. Dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash unless in a designated dog off-leash area. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.

Hiking

Hiking

A snowy trail with forest to the right and open space to the left.

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.