Coon Rapids/Andover, Anoka County • Park pass needed (if you drive in)
Several miles of multi-use paved trails wind through Bunker Park that are wonderful for biking.
Why Bunker is Great for Biking
There are so many loop options here, it would be hard to get bored. Not only that, the scenery changes from woods to prairie to oak savanna with very few straight-a-ways. Add in some good hills and you have yourself a scenic workout.
You can either bring your bike on your car into one of the three main entrances and park, or you can bike in from either the neighborhoods or on one of three Regional Trails.
Central Anoka County Regional Trail, Coon Creek Regional Trail and Bunker Chain of Lakes Regional Trail (the part that’s completed) all connect to the trails at Bunker Hills Regional Park.
Be Sure to Use the Map
The trail system at Bunker is a bit of a maze until you get to know it. We highly recommend you bring the color map along the first few times. Most of the intersections are marked, but not all of them (see the map here).
One little tidbit: You can see on the map the trail goes over Bunker Lake on the north side of the park. That section is a boardwalk that floats in the middle when we’ve had enough rain.
The Lake is more of a marshy wetlands, with impressive cattails growing right up against the boardwalk. You can see muskrat lodges and all kinds of water birds. Pretty cool.
Other Activities at Bunker
Bunker’s beautiful campground is very popular, so make reservations early—or come mid-week. The campground is right in the middle of the trail system, so it’s easy to bike right from your campsite to anywhere in the Park.
Bunker sees lots of hikers all year-round on both its paved trails and natural surface trails. Leashed dogs are welcome, and a common sight.
Bunker shines in the winter, too, with the best groomed cross country ski trails in the Anoka County Park system. Snowshoeing is also an option everywhere but on the groomed ski trails. Both skis and snowshoes are available for rental in the Campground office.
How to Get There
There are two main entrances for Bunker: The north side off of Bunker Lake Blvd, and the south side off Main Street/Highway 14.
Your Anoka County Parks vehicle permit is also good for all of Washington County’s regional parks.