Anoka County has 10 Regional Trails that are multi-use, including for bikes. It also has 85 miles of bike trails within 12 of its regional and county parks. The regional parks have parking fees so you’ll need either a daily or annual pass.
Of course biking is legal on any Minnesota roadway except interstate highways and some connecting freeways. But here we’ll focus on the off-the-roadway trails that offer:
- A more natural setting…
- No traffic to contend with, other then possibly an intersection to cross here and there.
Let’s take a brief look at each:
Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids)
There are several miles of both multi-use paved and gravel trails in Bunker that are great for biking. You’ll share the trail with walkers, runners, and other folks-on-wheels (inline skaters, skateboarders, etc.) so be aware—especially around the corners and over hills. Bikes aren’t allowed on the natural surface trails. Here’s the map.
The Bunker trail system can be reached via neighboring trail systems, too:
- Central Anoka County Regional Trail (alongside or on roadways)
- Coon Creek Regional Trail (see below)
- Bunker Chain of Lakes Regional Trail (partly alongside or on roadways)
Coon Creek Regional Trail (Coon Rapids)
Most of this 6-mile paved multi-use trail follows Coon Creek and Sand Creek through woods and among neighborhoods. It connects Bunker Hills Regional Park to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Here’s the map.
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Coon Rapids)
The Mississippi River Regional Trail runs through Coon Rapids Dam from north to south. Bikers are also allowed on the wooded dirt/clay/gravel trail on the north side. Either way you’ll share the trail with hikers and runners (some with dogs).
This Park also connects to the Coon Creek Regional Trail (above) and the Rush Creek Regional Trail. The Rush Creek Trail crosses the Dam itself and heads west into Brooklyn Park. Here’s the map.
Islands of Peace & Riverfront Regional Park (Fridley)
Since they’re on the same map, we’re listing these parks together here. Islands of Peace is a small peninsula with a short trail system jutting out into the Mississippi River. The trail, though paved, isn’t smooth necessarily. The roots of several huge trees are upheaving the pavement in places.
Kordiak County Park (Columbia Heights)
Lake George Regional Park (Oak Grove)
While there’s not a ton of bike trails within Lake George (it’s mostly known for its swimming beach and for boating), a paved trail connects to the Rum River Regional Trail. You can ride that northwest to Rum River North County Park. Here’s the map.
Locke County Park (Fridley)
Manomin County Park (Fridley)
Even smaller than Locke, Manomin is at the crossroads of two rivers (where Rice Creek joins the Mississippi) and two Regional Trails—Mississippi River Regional Trail and Rice Creek West Regional Trail. A great stopping place for a picnic lunch! Here’s the map.
Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve (Centerville)
A great way to explore 5,500-acre Rice Creek Park Reserve is by bike. Besides biking within the reserve itself, you can join up with the Rice Creek North Regional Trail or the Bunker Chain of Lakes Regional Trail. Here’s the map.
Riverfront Regional Park (Fridley)
(See Islands of Peace above)
Rum River Central Regional Park (Ramsey)
Rum River Central has beautiful paved multi-use trails through its heavily-wooded and quite hilly terrain. Every once in awhile you’ll be next to the Rum River or over some restored prairie. The horse trails aren’t for bikers, though. Here’s the map.
Rum River North County Park, St. Francis
Rum River North has some paved trails within the Park, and connects to the Rum River Regional Trail on its south side. From here you can back southeast to Lake George Regional Park. On a hot day, you can go jump in the lake at the end of your ride! Here’s the map.
Rum River South County Park, Anoka
And finally, the southern most of the Rum River Parks, there are just a few paved trails running through Rum River South. Not enough for a workout, but great for youngsters just starting out on their biking career. Here’s the map.
Anoka County’s Regional Trails
Anoka County maintains 10 regional trails for both recreation and commuting. Some are along roadways and some through natural areas. You’ll find more info here.
Here’s a map with all of Anoka County’s bike trails, including in the parks and the regional trails.
Fat Bike Trails
Anoka County now has a fat bike pilot program. If you’re a fat biker (I mean, a biker who rides a fat bike!!), give it a try! Then let the Parks Office know what you think.
Mountain Bike Trails
Anoka County has no designated mountain bike trails. Honestly, Anoka County is pretty flat! It wouldn’t be very exciting here.