Ramsey County has several Regional Trails, which is great news for bikers. Of course, you can also bike almost anywhere there are roads (except the freeways). We’ll stick with routes that are part of the Regional Trail system and in the many parks in the County.
A bit of warning: For some reason the Ramsey County folks neglected to list any mileages on both their maps and on many of the Park information pages. That’s quite an oversight when we’re talking about trails! We’ll add those in as we can find them.
Another thing the maps usually don’t distinguish is paved or unpaved. So we’re assuming when the maps say “County/Regional Trail” or “Other Trail” they’re paved and multi-use. We may be wrong in assuming this.
Let’s get started…
Battle Creek Regional Park (St. Paul & Maplewood)
Battle Creek Regional Park is large at 1,840 acres. There’s tons to do here, including lots of biking—both on paved multi-use trails and dirt single track with your mountain bike. It looks like, as of this writing, the single track trails are groomed for cross-county skiing in the winter rather than used for fat bikes. Here’s the Baker Creek map.
Beaver Lake County Park (St. Paul)
Cherokee Regional Park (St. Paul)
Como Regional Park
Como Park gets hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and for good reason. This popular Park offers a wide variety of family-oriented activities including a wonderful little Zoo and a large picnic area.
There are 2.3 miles of paved multi-use trails meandering throughout the Park and around Como Lake. You’ll be sharing the trails with lots of hikers, runners, strollers and dogs so be aware! Here’s the Como Park map.
Crosby Farm Regional Park (St. Paul)
Crosby Farm has almost 7 miles of paved multi-use trails that take you through woods, wetlands, around its two lakes and along the Mississippi River. Fort Snelling State Park is just across the way. Here’s the map.
Fort Snelling State Park (St. Paul)
Fort Snelling State Park has 18 miles of gravel hike/bike trails and 5 miles of paved multi-use trails. (Pike Island’s trails are for foot traffic only.) Much of the trail system follows the Minnesota River with a bridge over to Picnic Island. A fun family event to explore the Park by bike. Here’s the Fort Snelling map.
Gateway State Trail (St. Paul, Maplewood, North St, Paul)
The Gateway State Trail is a paved multi-use trail that runs 18 miles from St. Paul to Pine Point Regional Park near Stillwater. The terrain is fairly level, but the scenery varied: from downtown St. Paul through woods, parks, fields, wetlands and past lakes. Here’s the Gateway Trail map.
Hidden Falls Regional Park (St. Paul)
Hidden Falls has almost 7 miles of paved multi-use trails, much of it along the Mississippi River. Try taking the short dirt loop over Hidden Creek on the north end for a little mountain biking. Here’s the map.
Indian Mounds Regional Park (St. Paul)
Indian Mounds was set aside to honor Native Americans’ sacred burial grounds. There are paved multi-use trails for biking—but stay off the Mounds please! Be respectful of their significance to our Native friends. Here’s the map.
Long Lake Regional Park (New Brighton)
Long Lake Park is mostly known for its very popular swimming beach on Long Lake. The Park also has 3+ miles of paved multi-use trails for biking. Take the trail heading north out of the Park and it links to Rice Creek West Regional Trail. Here’s the Long Lake Park map.
Mississippi Gorge Regional Park (Minneapolis)
Even though this Park is in Minneapolis, we’re listing it here, too, because you can access it from the St. Paul side of the River. We couldn’t find a good PDF map of the Park, so it’s hard to tell from the Google Map where it ends to the north! Here’s the Google Map.
Phalen-Keller Regional Park (St. Paul and Maplewood)
Rice Creek North Regional Trail (Circle Pines & Lino Lakes)
While technically in Anoka County, Ramsey County also lists Rice Creek North on their Parks & Recreation website. One of the few Regional Trails that’s off the roadways, this one meanders along Rice Creek through woods and wetlands. Here’s the map.
Sam Morgan Regional Trail (St. Paul)
A 9-mile paved multi-use trail that has beautiful views of the Mississippi River and the St. Paul downtown skyline. It’s a little hard to read on the map—the Sam Morgan Trail is in purple, it runs between Hidden Falls Regional Park and Indian Mounds Regional Park on the north bank of the River.
Tony Schmidt Regional Park (Arden Hills)
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary (St. Paul)
This Nature Sanctuary is a 42-acre pocket with both the paved, multi-use Trout Brook Regional Trail and a crushed limestone “nature trail.” It connects with the Gateway State Trail on the south end of the Sanctuary. Here’s the map.
Vadnais/Snail Lakes/Sucker Lake Regional Park (Shoreview)
There are over 5 miles of multi-use trails here at Vadnais/Snail Lakes, both paved and dirt. It’s beautiful, varied landscape including woods, wetlands and open plains. Plenty of rolling hills, too. You’ll be sharing the trails so be aware of others.
As you can see from the map, there are several trail segments that can be biked together by taking advantage of the neighborhood roadways. The map includes the Sucker Lake area, too.