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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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Big Rivers Regional Trail along Highway 13 remains closed
Big Rivers Regional Trail along Highway 13 between Mendota and Lilydale has been closed since early June due to a mudslide along the trail. Repairs were made to the highway slope in order to re-open Highway 13. The repairs to the trail are still forthcoming. Barricades and signs are in place, and no travel is permitted on this section of the trail. A retaining wall is expected to be constructed in September with an anticipated completion in October, weather permitting. Trail users are advised to seek alternate routes. For more information, contact Minnesota Department of Transportation, Kirsten Klein, 651-234-7506.

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

Amenities

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


Activities available

Bicycling
Hiking​
Inline Skating
Picnicking​

Last updated: 8/1/2014 10:41 AM