Hours: 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Address: 1495 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota Heights, MN (Driving directions)
Maps: Summer Map Winter Map
Located along the northern edge of Dakota County from Eagan to Lilydale, the Big Rivers Regional Trail is a scenic 4 1/2-mile paved trail that overlooks the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.
The trail also links to the 72-mile Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, hundreds of miles of trails throughout the greater Twin Cities area and historic landmarks including Fort Snelling, Pike Island and, one of Minnesota's oldest settlements, the city of Mendota.
The Big Rivers Trailhead provides access to a nearly flat paved trail built on an abandoned railroad bed. Highway 55 in Mendota Heights, Interstate 494 in Eagan, and Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights are additional access points to the Big Rivers Regional Trail.
Temporary detours Nov. 9-Dec. 9
There will be intermittent work done adjacent to the Big Rivers Regional Trail from Nov. 9-Dec. 9. This will result in temporary detours and trail closures during this time. Signage will be posted during these times.
Hours: Daily, 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Fees: No entrance fees
- 4 1/2-mile paved trail
- Portable toilet
- Free parking