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Best Bike Trail in Minnesota — Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Looking for the best paved bike trail in Minnesota near the Twin Cities that’s easy to ride with an abundance of scenery? Look no further than the Dakota Rail Regional Trail!

For turn-by-turn directions be sure to download the Ride Spot App, search and follow ERIK’S Bike Shop, and select the route: #ERIKSBikeShop – Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Why ride the Dakota Rail Trail?

The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is a 30 mile long paved, relatively flat, easy to ride scenic trail that winds through the Western suburbs passing through the towns of St. Bonifacius, Minnetrista, Mound, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Orono and Wayzata. 

Perfect for newer cyclists, those with kids in tow, or anyone wanting to get out in nature without having to travel to far from the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul area), the Dakota Rail Trail is a must-ride, especially during the warmer months.

What we love about this trail:

  • All levels of riders welcomed (family-friendly)
  • Winds through several small towns with ample cafes to stop at for a bite to eat
  • Spectacular views of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Waconia
  • Prairies, wetlands, and forest scenery to indulge your senses
  • Lots of easy, parking options

Take a peak at what you’ll experience on the trail!

Where to start?

The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is part of the Three Rivers Park System. A fun place to begin your ride is Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista, MN. Gale Woods Farm features parking, a visitor center, picnic tables, a farm store where you can purchase snacks, and even farm animals to say hi to!

Ready to hit the trails?

Swing by your local ERIK’S (our Minnetonka and St. Louis Park shops are not too far from several of the Dakota Trailhead options) to get your bike tuned and to grab any gear you may need and then get out there discover why the Dakota Rail Regional Trail is one of the best bike trails in Minnesota!