Scott County hosts two regional parks and a park reserve, and co-hosts the Minnesota Valley State Trail on its northern border. There are bike trails for all ages and interests, including some of the best mountain bike trails in the Twin Cities.
Big Woods Regional Trail
In partnership with Three Rivers Park District, Scott County hosts Big Woods Regional Trail. Currently at 12.4 miles, it connects Cleary Lake Regional Park with Spring Lake Regional Park. Another 3 miles is proposed, which would bring more connections to nearby parks and trails. For the trail map go to the Big Woods Trail page and scroll down.
Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake)
Cleary Lake Regional Park has a 3.5 mile paved trail that circles around Cleary Lake. The trail is open in the winter for fat tire biking, too. You can also fat bike on the cross-country ski trail on the golf course with a daily or annual All Parks ski pass (good for all Three Rivers Park District parks). Here’s the Cleary Lake summer map. Here’s the Cleary Lake winter map.
Minnesota Valley State Trail
The Minnesota Valley State Trail is a 27-mile multi-use trail that’s both paved and unpaved. The paved section stretches from Shakopee to Chaska, and continues unpaved to Belle Plain. Part of it runs along the northern border of Scott County. Here’s the MN Valley map.
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Savage)
Muphry-Hanrehan Park Reserve is known for its great mountain biking. There are over 10 miles of singletrack trails, from easy to advanced. The trails are also open to foot traffic—hikers, winter hikers and snowshoers.
Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists has partnered with Three Rivers Park District to design and maintain the trails. The trails are open in the winter, too. Here’s the map.
Spring Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake)
A beautiful 3-mile multi-use paved bike trail takes you through both forest and prairie. The trail connects to Scott West Regional Trail on the north and Spring Lake Regional Trail on the south side of Spring Lake Regional Park. Here’s the map.
Twin Cities Biking Guide
Published in 2020, our 54-page digital Biking Guide is the easiest, most convenient way to find bike trails in all seven counties of the Twin Cities metro area.