fat bike trails in minnesota
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Fat biking is gaining popularity all over the United States, but Minnesota is one of just a few states that are actively working to provide fat bikers with increased access to packed and maintained trails in the winter.

The MN Bike Trail Navigator has tons of great information about MN trails, and he recently published a very detailed post about new and upcoming fat bike trails.  I heavily consulted his fantastic research to compile the below At-a-Glance Guide to Fat Bike Trails in Minnesota for the 2014 – 2015 winter fat biking season.

Click on the links below for more information and maps for each trail.

Twin Cities Fat Bike Trails

Trail Location Miles Rentals?
Brookview Golf Course


Golden Valley, MN 3.5 miles Yes. $25/bike for 2 hours
Cleary Lake Regional Park Prior Lake, MN Yes.
Fort Snelling State Park Bloomington, MN
Gateway State Trail St. Paul, MN 11.9 miles
Lake Elmo Park Reserve – Big Bluestem Trail Lake Elmo, MN 2.5 miles
Luce Line State Trail Plymouth, MN to Orono, MN

Southern Minnesota Fat Bike Trails

Trail Location Miles Rentals
Douglas State Trail Pine Island to Rochester, MN 13 miles
Kiwanis Recreation Area Mankato 1 mile (beginner)

4 miles (intermediate)

Sechler Park Northfield, MN 3.5 miles

Northern/Central Minnesota Fat Bike Trails

Trail Location Miles Rentals
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Ironton, MN 20 miles
Homestead County Park 3 miles
Irvin and John Anderson Country Park 3 miles
Jay Cooke State Park Carlton, MN 5.4 miles
Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park St. Joseph, MN
Lake Koronis Regional Park Paynesville, MN
Maplelag Resort Twin Lakes Singletrack Callaway, MN 3 miles
Mississippi River County Park Rice, MN
Mission Creek Trails 6 miles
Myre-Big Island State Park – Blazing Star State Trail Albert Lea, MN 6 miles
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve Waite Park, MN
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Two Harbors, MN 8.7 miles
Springvale County Park 5 miles
Vegsund Family County Park 2 miles
Warner Lake Park Clearwater, MN
Wayside Prairie County Park 2 miles

If there’s a fat bike trail you know of that we’ve missed, or if you’ve tried out any of the ones listed above, let us know in the comments!

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Hi I'm Santi, and I'm a content marketing manager in the tech industry by day and grad student and writing instructor by night. I’ve always loved biking, ever since I got my first bike on my fourth birthday. As a kid, my siblings and I would go on biking “adventures” around the neighborhood, pedaling our way to nearby schools and lakes. Naturally, those adventures have only increased over the years! In addition to biking, I also love telling stories and traveling around the US. I write about our biking adventures and about fat bikes for women and kids.
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