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Mankato River Ramble – Routes & Details

October 9, 2022

The River Ramble showcases some of the most beautiful areas of the state at the most beautiful time of year!

October 10, 2021

Ride starts at Land of Memories

Check-in between 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. (long route riders should be on course by 9:45 am, all others must be on route by 10:15 am) Riders must finish by 3pm

PARKING

Plentiful automobile parking with helpful attendants is available at Land of Memories Park just off of Hwy 169.

REST STOPS

Land of Memories Park Entrance
Rapidan – 54101-54199 Glory Ln Lake Crystal
Minnemishinona – 40923 Judson Bottom Rd, Mankato
Minneopa – 54497 Gadwall Rd, Mankato
Marston Park – 110 N Main St Lake Crystal 56055

TAKE A DAYCATION!

Mankato is an easy 77-mile drive from the Twin Cities on scenic Highway 169. Local communities welcome 2,000 riders and volunteers who come to celebrate this handsome harvest-time tour and beautiful fall colors.

RIDE THE RAMBLE and Support Mankato Bicycling Year-round

The Ramble has generated over $100,000 to fund local bicycle events, educational programs and infrastructure. The Greater Mankato Bike & Walk Advocates (Gam-bwah!) produce the ride with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

Helmets are required: Protect your melon! You only have one.

T-shirts: Mankato River Ramble T-shirts (pictured below) NOTE: Advanced T-shirt sales have ended. Shirts available for purchase day of ride.

OUR THANKS TO ORTHO EDGE! Their sponsorship allows us to offer free registration to youth up to age 17. This is virtually unprecedented in the event world.


The 12-mile Minneopa Falls Loop

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This trail and road ride (just one mile on shoulder) brings you to Minneopa State Park where you’ll enjoy a 40-foot, two-tiered waterfall. The ride continues down a big hill to the Red Jacket Trail that leads you back to the start.


The 26-mile Pie Run

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This route guides you over the river and up the Red Jacket Trail to the Rapidan Dam Cafe. Enjoy some pie and a dam fine view of the overlook. This is our most popular route and includes 7.5 road miles.


The 42-mile Lake Crystal Loop

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This loop follows the Pie Run up to the Rapidan Dam. Head west from there to Lake Crystal and then north to scenic Judson Road and Minnemishinona Falls County Park. The ride provides a spectacular view of the giant silo mural featured on our t-shirt. Hop on the Minnesota River trail to take you back to Land of Memories Park.