Hours: 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Address: 1498 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN (Driving directions)
Fees: No entrance fees
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.
Maps: All Season Map
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Trail closures May 26-June 17
Segments of the Big Rivers Regional Trail will be closed between May 26 and June 17 for repairs. For details. see the Big Rivers Regional Trail Closure Map.
- 4 1/2-mile paved trail
- Portable toilet
- Free parking