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State Parks & Bike Routes

Learn about bicycling in Minnesota's state parks and national routes.

State Parks

Bicyclists are allowed to ride into state parks on designated roads and paths for free.

When arriving at a state park by bicycle, park staff will always do their best to provide camping opportunities, even if the campground is full. You will be required to pay the appropriate camping fee for the space used. It is strongly encouraged to reserve your camping site in advance at www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/reservations.html.

U.S. Bicycle Routes in Minnesota

The Mississippi River Trail (MRT) – also known as U.S. Bicycle Route 45 –runs the entire length of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. The MRT/USBR 45 connects approximately 800 miles of existing shouldered highways, low-use roads, and off-road paths for bicyclists. It closely follows the Mississippi River from its headwaters at Itasca State Park to the Iowa border. Learn more about the MRT in Minnesota at www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt/.

Minnesota’s newest national trail, U.S. Bicycle Route 41 – also known as the North Star Bicycle Route – connects Minnesota’s capital city of Saint Paul to the Canadian border. The northern half of the route runs along the western shore of Lake Superior, ending at Grand Portage State Park where bicyclists can end their journey with a view of Minnesota’s highest waterfall on the Pigeon River. The 315-mile long route is on both highway shoulders and off-road trails. Learn more at www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/usbr41.