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 paved trail. It overlooks the meeting of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.
The trail links to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, hundreds of miles of trails and historic landmarks, including Fort Snelling, Pike Island and, one of Minnesota's oldest settlements, the city of Mendota.
The 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.
From Nov. 14-16, the Lilydale segment of the trail will be closed for MnDOT work. Please follow all detour signage. The Lilydale Trailhead will remain open. See detour map.
Maps:All Season Map
For geo-enabled maps, download Dakota County Parks maps on the Avenza app.
- 6-mile paved trail
- Portable toilet (closed for improvement project)
- Free parking (closed for improvement project)