Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail

The Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail is a 12 mile aggregate trail that follows an old railroad route from Hopkins to Chanhassen and Chaska. The trail offers views of Shady Oak Lake, Miller Park, Riley Lake Park, and the forested hills around the Minnesota River Valley. Trail connections to downtown Hopkins and downtown Chaska make this corridor ideal for exploration.

12.25 miles  |  Aggregate

Hours 5:00 AM–10:00 PM

Interactive Map of Minnesota River Bluff LRT Regional Trail

Trail Detours in Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Chanhassen

Detours in Hopkins

Two segments of the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail in Hopkins are detoured.

  • Between 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road, the trail is detoured via 11th Avenue South, Excelsior Boulevard and Shady Oak Road. This trail closure and detour will be in place until summer 2020.
  • Beginning July 18, the trail will be closed between 5th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South. A detour will be in place for approximately two and a half years.

Both detours are due to the Metropolitan Council’s Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) construction project.

Detour in Eden Prairie

The MN River Bluffs Regional Trail will be closed between Highway 5 and Eden Prairie Road due to a utility project in Eden Prairie. The closure is expected to last from July 2019 though April 2020. A detour route on local trails will be in place during the closure

Trail Closure in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen

A portion of the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail is closed between Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie and Highway 101 in Chanhassen due to unsafe conditions following the 2014 mudslides. Barricades and signs are in place, and no travel is permitted on this part of the trail.

The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) owns the rail trail corridor and is responsible for restoring the failed slope to a safe condition for trail users. HCRRA recently received funding for the reconstruction of the trail, which will take place in summer 2020. 

In the meantime, trail users can use this posted detour.

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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.

The Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Trail is plowed in Eden Prairie (from W. 62nd St. to Riley Lake Road), Hopkins, and Minnetonka. See more information regarding winter maintenance on Three Rivers regional trails.

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Bike Trail

Biking

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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.

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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.

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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.