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Big Rivers Regional Trail

big-rivers-trail.jpgHours: 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Phone: 952-891-7000
Address: 1495 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota Heights, MN (Driving directions)

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The Big Rivers Regional Trail is closed from Mendota at Highway 13 to Lilydale due to mudslides in the area making the area impassable. Trail closure barricades are in place at both the Mendota and Lilydale accesses. Maintenance crews will work to clear the debris once the slide has stabilized. 

The east end of the trail just off Highway 13 on Lilydale Road is closed because of high water.

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 views of the confluence were selected in the City Pages' 2014 Best of the Twin Cities.

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.

Hours: Daily, 5 a.m.–10 p.m.

Fees: No entrance fees

Park Ordinance

Trail conditions


  • 4 1/2-mile paved trail
  • Portable toilet
  • Free parking

Activities available

Inline Skating

Last updated: 6/23/2014 6:02 AM