Little Falls is near to miles and miles of paved bike trails, providing smooth and easy riding.
Ride it all or just enjoy a segment or two, the Mississippi River Trail provides opportunities tailored for bicyclists of all types and ages to follow America’s great river. The bikeway starts at the river’s source in Itasca State Park, where the water’s just ankle-deep and a narrow small stream. It winds almost 500 miles within Minnesota while gaining strength from its various tributaries while passing through valleys, bluffs, prairies, and woodlands and ends nearly 3,000 miles downstream in the Delta Region at the Gulf of Mexico.
Minnesota’s route primarily relies on road shoulders and low-traffic roads, but also includes relatively long segments of scenic state and regional trails. You can match travel to your needs and desires—there’s something for everyone—come experience and enjoy the river!
The Soo Line Recreational Trail is a continuation of the Soo Line Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton, Minnesota. This 10-mile segment, however, does not permit motorized uses, unlike its connecting segment to the northeast.
The Soo Line Recreational Trail continues southwest from Royalton along the abandoned railroad corridor to meet up with the Lake Wobegon Trail just north of Holdingford at 450th Street. The trail crosses the Mississippi River at Blanchard Dam, passing among farmland, wooded areas and creek bottoms. The trail runs through the small community of Bowlus just south of midway. The Stearns County portion (at the Lake Wobegon Trail end in Albany) is being developed as the Dairyland Trail.
You can access the Soo Line Recreational Trail just north of Royalton at US 10 and Township Road 316/83rd St., where you’ll find a large parking area. There is a small parking area on the west bank of the Mississippi River at Blanchard Dam (access via Great River Rd.). Parking is also available in Bowlus south of Main St near its deadend on the east side of town.
Church steeples, colleges, cows, lakes and the mythical city of Lake Wobegon greet you on the Lake Wobegon Trail as it passes through the state’s leading dairy county, seven communities, two colleges, two monasteries, lakes and the boyhood home of Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis. This trail is 65 miles long, 10 feet wide and paved end to end.
Whether you’re a long distance biker or you’re looking for a short, smooth stretch for a family biking trip, The Paul Bunyan Bike Trail has something to offer everyone.
Nowhere else in Minnesota will you have access to over 120 continuously paved miles designed just for your needs as a biker. Grab your bicycle as soon as the snow melts and experience the magic of the outdoors coming alive in the Brainerd Lakes area. Every inch of the trail is surrounded by trees, lakes and unique Lakes Area wildlife. Planning a MN biking trip in mid-summer? Cool off in one of the countless lakes on the Paul Bunyan Trail or pull into a trailside rest stop for a little shade. Try an autumn biking trip and catch the fall colors that the Brainerd Lakes Area is famous for. Before you plan your MN bike trip, check out the bike trail maps to see what section is best for you and where you want to kick off.
The Central Lakes Trail is 55-mile trail that runs through the heart of west-central Minnesota from Osakis to Fergus Falls. There are 10 different cities and town along the trail with a unique attractions and dining. Enjoy the beautiful views of lakes, rivers, flowers, wildlife and more.
The proposed Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail would start at Crow Wing State Park at the southern end of the Paul Bunyan Trail, go south along the Mississippi River through Little Falls, and end at the Soo Line Trail near Royalton.