St. Croix National Scenic Riverway does not have any bicycle trails. Bikes are not allowed on any of the National Park Service hiking trails. Biking on public roads is popular in some areas, precaution should be taken as roads are shared with automobiles.
Biking in Wisconsin:
Wisconsin State Trails Pass Bicyclists, equestrians, and cross-country skiers over the age of 16 using certain Wisconsin state trails must have a trail pass. Daily passes can be purchased for $3; $10 for an annual pass. Annual passes can be purchased from the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. They can also be ordered by calling 608-266-2181.
Gandy Dancer is a 98-mile multi-use recreation trail from St. Croix Falls to Superior, Wisconsin. It is a former railroad bed with a flat terrain and a limestone base. The southern portion of the trail from St. Croix Falls to Danbury, Wisconsin is limited to hiking and biking from April through November. A Wisconsin State Trails Pass is required for riding the Trail between St. Croix Falls and Danbury. A Wisconsin Deptartment of Natural Resources Conservation Patron Pass will be honored as a bike pass. Passes can be purchased at the Polk County Information Center in St. Croix Falls and the Burnett County Tourism Center in Siren.
The northern portion runs 51 miles from Danbury, through eastern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. This segment offers a wilder, more remote experience. Hiking, mountain biking and ATV use is permitted. No pass is needed to use this section of the trail .
Biking in Minnesota:
Willard Munger Trail The Willard Munger Trail is a collection of multi-use recreational trails in eastern Minnesota. It passes through St. Croix State Park and St. Croix State Forest on its way from Hinckley to Duluth. More information about the Willard Munger trail is available at the Minnesota DNR web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us. No fee is charged for bicyclists using the trail but a state park permit will be required if accessing the trail from St. Croix State Park
Minnesota State Parks and Forests State Park trail maps are available from the Minnesota DNR web site www.dnr.state.mn.us. The state parks and forests along the St. Croix that offer recreational biking opportunities are listed below.
Washington County Bike Trails Segments of two loop trails offer views of the St. Croix River.
The Gateway segment of the Willard Munger trail travels a distance of 18 miles from St. Paul to Pine Point Park. This trail follows an old railroad grade from an urban to a rural environment.
Did You Know?
Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.