• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

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Mississippi River Trail
Ride a portion of the 3,000 mile long bicycle trail that follows the entire Mississippi River.
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Coon Rapids Dam
Egret Boulevard, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
The Anoka County Park System contains miles upon miles of paved, limestone aggregate and natural surface trails. Enjoy the trail system year-round! Paved trails are designed for bicycling, rollerblading, jogging, and hiking. A ribbon of maintained paved trailway connects Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in Brooklyn Park to Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove (North Hennepin Trail Corridor is 5.7 miles).
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Crosby Farm Regional Park
2595 Crosby Farm Rd. Saint Paul, MN 55116
Crosby Farm offers seperated, paved paths for both pedestrians and bikers. Located near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi River, the park offers a four miles of path on the Mississippi River bottoms.
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Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul, MN 55111
Fort Snelling State Park offers 18 miles of cross-country skiing trails, 18 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of biking trails, golf and canoe rentals, picnicking, fishing, boating, and swimming. There is also the nearby Fort Snelling Golf Course.
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Hidden Falls Regional Park
Mississippi River Blvd St Paul, MN 55116
Beginning seven miles north of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota River, the park offers paved biking and hiking trails, picnicking facilities and great opportunities a multitude of birds.

Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
4825 Minnehaha Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55417
Minnehaha Falls offers paved trails throughout the park and a bike rental site where you can bike throughout the 193-acre park.
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North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
North Mississippi offers bicycle/walking trail extends along the entire length of the park. Bridges on both end connect to east bank trails. The park also has a picnic area and shelters, a wading pool and areas that are being restored to native prairie. A heron rookery can be seen on a mid-river island in the southern portion of the park.
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City of Hastings Trail System
415 Lock & Dam Rd. Hastings, MN 55033
Trails run past historic sites, the Vermillion River waterfall, and along the Mississippi River where riders may view prairie flowers, wildlife, and river traffic locking through Lock and Dam 2. There are restaurants in town and along the trails adjacent to the Mississippi River.
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Did You Know?

Lock and Dam Number 1 from a long distance.

At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.