Hours: 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Address: 1495 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota Heights, MN (Driving directions)
Maps: Summer Map Winter Map
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.
Trail closed between Sept. 26-Oct. 28
The trail between Mendota and Lilydale will be closed intermittently between Sept. 26 and Oct. 28 due to a project adjacent to the trail. Barricades and signage will be placed on the trail when there are trail closures.
Hours: Daily, 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Fees: No entrance fees
- 4 1/2-mile paved trail
- Portable toilet
- Free parking