Hiking & Biking

Hit the Trails

Whether you like to hike, bike or leisurely stroll, we have miles of scenic trails, quaint parks and lush nature areas.

woman biking on a trail near the SLP water tower

Bike Trails

The Three Rivers Park District maintains three bike trails that run through St. Louis Park and connect to miles of additional trails running from Minneapolis to Chaska.

  • Cedar Lake Trail – This 3.6-mile trail links St. Louis Park to downtown Minneapolis. It has separate lanes for bikers and walkers.
  • Cedar Lake Extension Trail – This 4.3-mile paved trail connects the Cedar Lake Trail from downtown Minneapolis to the Southwest Trail in Hopkins following the Hutchinson Spur rail line.
  • Cedar Lake Regional Trail – This 5-mile paved trail goes from the Kennilworth Trail near 31st and Chowen Avenue to 11th Avenue in Hopkins. It follows the rail line along Highway 7 and continues west through Hopkins to Chaska. The Southwest Trail also links east to the Kennilworth and Midtown Greenway Trails in Minneapolis.

Please note: The Cedar Lake LRT Trail line is closed through Fall 2021 due to construction of the Southwest Light Rail. A detour  is in place that uses the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail and the local bicycle network to connect users with the Midtown Greenway during this closure period. Detour signs will notify trail users of alternative routes.

Bass Lake Preserve

Bass Lake Preserve in summer

Bass Lake Preserve is a 52-acre nature preserve best known for it’s 1.4 mile George Haun Trail that meanders through oak savannah and prairie around Bass Lake. It features a playground, pickleball and tennis courts.

General Mills Nature Preserve

 

grandmother and child walking along trail

General Mills Nature Preserve is a visually-stunning, 27-acre natural space with over 50 different native plants, a shallow marsh, wet meadow, floodplain forest and a half-mile trail that connects to the City’s trail system. Interpretive signs will guide you along your journey.

 

Theodore Wirth Regional Park

two men mountain biking on a trail

Located within the cities of Golden Valley and Minneapolis, Theodore Wirth is a 740-acre park that offers over 5 miles of cycling, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails. Visit the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary where you’ll find more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species. Or explore the Quaking Bog, a 5-acre, 3,700-year-old acid bog tucked into the wooded hills of the park. You’ll cross a series of boardwalks floating over islands of sphagnum moss as you observe dragonflies, frogs and songbirds.

Westwood Hills Nature Center

boardwalk across westwood lake

Westwood Hills offers 160 acres of marsh, woods, and restored prairie. More than 3 miles of trails and walkways offer ample birdwatching and wildlife spotting, including deer, turtles, fox, mink and owls. A new net zero-energy designed Interpretive Center houses live animals (including raptors!), exhibits, classrooms and event space. The center offers year-round educational programs and annual special events. Enjoy canoeing, fishing, snowshoeing and kicksledding.