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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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Construction on Big Rivers Regional Trail starting June 8
There will be some upcoming work on the trail in the area of Highway 13 and D Street starting on Monday, June 8. During this time, there may be short periods where the trail is temporarily closed.  Flagmen and signage will also be posted on the trail.

There will also be short periods of time where the trail surface will be gravel during the project.  These areas will be indicated by cones and signage on the trail. 

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


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


Bicycling Dog On-Leash
Dog On-Leash Hiking
Inline Skating

Last updated: 6/1/2015 10:50 AM