Hours: Daily, 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Address: 1498 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN (Driving directions)
Located along the northern edge of Dakota County from Eagan to Lilydale, the Big Rivers Regional Trail is a scenic 4.5-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.
Trail and trailhead closures
The Mendota Heights Trailhead improvement project will require the trailhead and nearby segments of the Big Rivers Regional Trail to close during construction May–December 2021. See the
Mendota Heights Trailhead Improvements page for details. Trail closure barricades and signs have been posted. Please use the identified detour route. The trail is closed from just south of the Mendota Heights Trailhead to the southern-most trail intersection with Sibley Memorial Highway. See detour map.
All Season Map
Download Dakota County Parks maps on the
- 6-mile paved trail
- Portable toilet (closed for improvement project)
- Free parking (closed for improvement project)