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Minnesota is one of the best states to ride in the nation.

Explore new places to get rolling here! Routes, Maps, Guide Tours, Apps, and Games await! Looking for the Minnesota Bicycling Handbook? Click Here. Do you know of a resource we should add? Shoot an email to info@bikemn.org

U.S. Bicycle Routes

U.S. Bicycle Route 41

The North Star Route – From St. Paul to Grand Portage State Park (315 miles). Nearly half the route is on paved trails and the northern part closely follows the North Shore of Lake Superior.

U.S. Bicycle Route 45

The Mississippi River Trail – Between the Mississippi River’s origin at Itasca State Park to the Minnesota/Iowa border (817 miles).

U.S. Bicycle Route System

Over 14,000 miles are currently established in 31 states and Washington DC – and many routes are signed. 

State Bicycle Maps

MnDOT 2019 state bicycle map

Click the map below to download a copy or go here to Request a print version. Feedback encouraged so submit comments and corrections.

MN State Bike Map
click map to download a PDF copy

Three Rivers Parks

The Three Rivers Parks system encompasses over 27,000 acres of parks and trails and serves millions of visitors annually. Biking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, bike-specific campsites and more await those who visit their parks.

Trail Link Minnesota Trails

A comprehensive guide from the Rails to Trails Conservancy showing biking, running, walking and dog walking trails.

click map to view Trail Link Maps

MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) trails

Learn about bicycle trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, find a trail by searching the map or review the A to Z list.

click map to view trails

Mountain Bike Maps and Guides

Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) maintains over 100 miles of single track in the metro

The MORC Family of trails offer something for every skill level. Great volunteer opportunities generally too.

International Mountain Bike Association “MTB Project”

An excellent resource for Mountain Bike Trail maps with filtering for difficulty, distance, trail type, rating, elevation and more!

Explore Minnesota’s MTB Guide

Browse Explore Minnesota’s suggestions for some more of the states amazing mountain bike trail offerings and descriptions of the areas they call home.

Singletracks trails reviews and forum

A lengthy section dedicated to Minnesota mountain biking and a community forum to compare notes.

Ride Planning/Inspiration

Parks and Trails Council Virtual Tours

A fun way to explore Minnesota trails click by click.

MN Bike Trail Navigator

An amazing resource for state routes including an extensive breakdown of Twin Cities area, Southern, Central and Northern Minnesota trail maps. Gravel rides, mountain biking, and weekly club rides to offer variety for all skill levels can be found here as well.

Find some great gravel roads/routes to ride in the state.

Explore Minnesota

From the nation’s best urban trails in the Twin Cities to rural rail-trails through lush forest or wild prairie, Minnesota’s 4,000+ miles of paved trails are a cyclist’s dream. Many bike trails are along former railroad beds, offering secluded, scenic biking. Some of the longest paved trails include the Root River, Paul Bunyan and Central Lakes trails. Download the 2021-22 Minnesota Biking Guide.

Minnesota Trails Magazine

Published quarterly in cooperation with the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, a non-profit organization that acquires, protects and enhances critical lands for public enjoyment. Their website provides a statewide trail map, mountain biking and bike shop listings.

MN Mississippi River Trail (MRT)

Coursing along America’s premier river, from its headwaters in Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the MRT offers a unique north-south transect of the United States to adventurous bicyclists. Although the majority of the MRT is routed on roads, embedded are significant off-road trail opportunities to delight almost any user. MRT, Inc. has published a high quality guide book for cyclists seeking to bicycle the MRT through all 10 states. The guide lists lodging, camping and dining tips and provides a unique “cyclist’s” perspective.

Adventure Cycling

Adventure Cycling researches and produces cycling maps for the Adventure Cycling Route Network – one of the largest route networks in the world at 38,158 miles (and growing). They publish Adventure Cyclist magazine, lead bike tours and work on bicycle advocacy projects such as the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

Rails to Trails

With more than 1 million grassroots supporters, 24,000+ miles of rail-trails on the ground nationwide and more than 8,000 miles of rail-trails ready to be built, Rails to Trails focus is on linking these corridors—creating trail networks that connect people and places, bringing transformative benefits to communities all across the country. Flagship initiatives include:the Great American Rail-Trail™, TrailNation™ and TrailLink.com.

Guided Tours

Adventure Cycling Guided Tours

Our tours are designed for you to celebrate the joy of bike travel with a group of fellow riders and, hopefully, new friends. They’re curated by our experienced tour leaders to take the worry out of things like routing and reservations — we’ve got all that taken care of and more. Come ready to ride, and we’ll handle the rest.

REI COOP Adventures

Exploring a destination by bicycle allows you to really experience a region and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of a place. On an REI bike tour, we take care of all the details — all you have to do is pedal! Cycling trips designed for you:

  • Ride the finest cycling routes in the region with skilled guides leading the way
  • Bicycles selected specifically for each trip so you can experience the ride most comfortably
  • Full vehicle support while cycling — ride as much or as little as you’d like
  • Additional mileage options most days, for those bike riders seeking more time in the saddle

Bicycle Tour Network

The Bicycle Tour Network is a service that matches touring cyclists with the best tours available. The Bicycle Tour Network is provided by the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association (NBTDA), an organization of bike-tour professionals founded in 1990. Collectively the Bicycle Tour Network represents hundreds of multi-day, non-competitive bicycle tours.

Day Tripper of Duluth

Day Tripper of Duluth offers guided mountain, gravel road, and road bike tours in Duluth and the surrounding area for all ages and skill levels. We offer 3 or 6 hour tours that combine bicycling and outdoor education. Our tour prices include bike rental, so even if you don’t have a bike you can still get outside! 

Looking for a multi-day tour? Day Tripper of Duluth offers fully-outfitted overnight bike camping trips in the Superior National Forest. Your guide(s) will plan a route tailored to your riding style. Enjoy the pristine Northern wilderness as you pedal rarely used gravel roads and trails. After your day of travel, your evenings will be spent relaxing by the campfire while your guides set up camp and prepare delicious meals for you.

Wahoo! Adventures

Wahoo is now over 10 years old, we will work for you, coordinating the details and logistics regarding your adventure from beginning to end.  We are your guides, porters, entertainment committee and supporters throughout your time with us.

The Fit Tourist

Our guided bicycle tours showcase the history and sights that are unique to Minneapolis.  We bike on some of the wonderful bicycle trails that allow us to easily ride into and around Minneapolis.  From historic St Anthony Main to Downtown, along the Mississippi River, past waterfalls and on to our lakes, it is no surprise that Bicycling Magazine always rates Minneapolis as one of the top bicycling cities in the country.  In 2015, Minneapolis, the only US city on the list, was ranked as the 18th most bike friendly city on the planet.

Timberline Bike & Hike Adventures

 Browse our full list of guided cycling tours across the US and Canada. If there are no current dates set for these itineraries, let us know when you want to go. Cycling tours will be added to the calendar as interest demands.

Boundary Country Trekking

On this self guided adventure you bike heavily wooded back trails experience fantastic vistas. Overnight in B & Bs, Tall Pines yurt and Inns along the trail. Includes lodging, car shuttle, breakfast and trail lunch.

Ride Planning/Inspiration Apps

Map My Ride

An app to track every mile you run, connect your devices, and get closer to your next Personal Record (PR).

Strava

One of the most popular running and cycling apps out there. Social network features like kudos and clubs. Free for basic features with subscription available for advanced data insights.

Ride With GPS

Discover your next great ride in a library of the best bike routes in the world. An easy to use platform that has everything you need for cycling.

Love To Ride

Love to Ride has been designed with behavior change principles, techniques and tools at its core. This is to ensure that our approaches are as effective as possible at encouraging cycling. Users can record their rides, see their stats stack up, receive positive reinforcing messages (with a mild dose of humor), set goals and earn incentives and rewards.

Trailforks

Trailforks is a trail database, map & management system for users, builders and associations. A platform for trail associations to keep track of trail conditions, builders to log work & users to discover, plan and share their activities.

MTB Project App

Born from the dream to help people get outside, MTB Project showcases thousands of trails in your own backyard, across the U.S. and around the globe. We’re here to help you plan trips & navigate while on the trails..

Komoot

From ready-built routes that reveal all of nature’s best-kept secrets, to superior route planning and navigation tech that lets you decide what you want to discover, komoot makes it easy to explore more of the great outdoors—wherever and however you want.

Biking and Hiking Mobile Games

Goosechase

Each GooseChase game has a list of missions for participants to complete. You can create your mission list using our bank of 100+ tested missions or by designing your own from scratch.

Missions have a name, description, point value and an optional link or photo to provide extra information. For text & gps missions, the answer and target destination must also be provided.

Turfgame

Turf combines elements from traditional orienteering with elements commonly seen in many video games, such as a leveling system, leaderboards and achievements. The goal is to collect points by capturing virtual zones using the built-in GPS system of modern smartphones, and try to keep them for as long as possible to compete with other players. Zones are located all over the world.

Wandrer Earth

Wandrer.earth is a bike exploration game where you win by going places you’ve never been before. Discover hidden nooks, earn achievements, and get started on your quest to dominating the roads of your city.

Resource Highlights Worth Checking Out

Have Fun While Biking

The premier source for fun places to explore by bicycle or on foot. Offering guides, maps, and articles on road and trail riding for the novice to seasoned cyclist – helping you find your #NextBikeAdventure

Grease Rag Ride & Wrench

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