It has amazing free trails that let you spread your wings and ride without having to look over your shoulders for a reckless speeding driver.
If this is the first time you are venturing into this neck of the woods, then here’s a brief guide to the best Minneapolis bike trails that you can tread on.
The South Loop
Minneapolis with its network of lakes and a series of well paved trails that are dotted with pedestrians, joggers, canoe rentals and golf courses, is the perfect place to get going with your bicycle.
There is a 17 mile bike trail that goes south around the complete chain of lakes. Enroute, you will be passing Lake Cahoun, the refractory with the Wheels of Fun Kayak rentals, a playground, a beach and an extremely picturesque stretch that lies sandwiched between Lake Harriet and Portland Avenue. All in all, it is a very beautiful route.
The Cedar Lake Trail
Cedar lake trail is one of the most popular trails in the city that connects other trails and follows the erstwhile railway lines right from River Road to the western suburbs.
The CLT as it is called is perfect for a weekend ride that can be clubbed with a late afternoon show of the Magnificent Seven at Showplace Icon. If Denzel Washington as a bounty hunter doesn’t catch your fancy, you can always ride downtown and grab a drink at the Marvel bar which is in the North Loop by the way.
The North Loop
If the southern loop gets a tad boring, then you can always use the north loop that is a 24 mile ride through Wirth park and on the banks of the amazing riverfront.
Once again, this is one of the most picturesque and interesting trails for cyclists who can experience the rich and diverse historical significance of Minneapolis here. Make a stopover at the Mill City Museum if you want to.
The River Bottoms
If you prefer a break from the hustle of the city and wish to ride on a meandering trail that passes through maple and ash trees, the try the Minneapolis river bottoms.
There are many ways to access this trail but one of the best ones is via Bloomington Ferry road. You might encounter the local Wildlife here. Sightings of coyotes, an occasional fox and a woodchuck are common. Don’t break into a flop sweat if you spot the occasional snake. It’s most probably the harmless fox snake.
That sums it up. These are the best bike trails in Minneapolis. We hope you enjoyed reading this as much as you will enjoy your time in the city on one of these trails.