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
Interactive Map of Minnesota River Bluff LRT Regional Trail
Closure and Detour
Trail Segment Closure
A portion of the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail is currently 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 staff received confirmation of partial funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in June, and the Rail Authority is now in the process of developing the engineering plans to repair the slope according to directions from FEMA.
The Rail Authority's goal is to reconstruct the slope in the summer of 2018. HCRRA does not yet know the exact timing of when the reconstruction will be complete and the trail reopened, but has indicated the trail should be open by Labor Day of 2018. In the meantime, trail users can be redirected on this posted detour.
Parking lot closure
Beginning May 22, the trailhead parking lot in Chanhassen on Bluff Creek Road will be closed due to construction. The closure is expected to last until August 1. Carver County will be paving the trail from Bluff Creek Drive southwest to CO RD 61. The parking lot will be used for project staging and storage during the project.
Follow Three Rivers Park District Regional Trails
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 Regional Trail is plowed by the cities of Eden Prairie, Hopkins and Minnetonka. It is not plowed in Chanhassen.
For more information, call 763.559.9000 or email GH@threeriversparks.org.
things to do
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 100 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.
Three Rivers offers abundant scenery for you and your dog to enjoy year round, with paved, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails that are dog-friendly. Dogs on a six-foot non-retractable leash are allowed on all paved trails except where posted otherwise. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.
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.