MRT Road SignWoman biking on MRT

Mississippi River Trail


Things to Do and See
Statewide Guides

Explore Minnesota Tourism.  (Minnesota’s tourism agency)
State Historic Sites and museums
St. Anthony Falls Heritage District
State Parks:bicycles enter state parks for free /camping fees apply (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)


Parks and select highlights along, or very near the MRT 
(in downstream order)
Itasca State Park
Lake Bemidji State Park

Leech Lake Reservation
Chippewa National Forest
Schoolcraft State Park
Savannah Portage State Park

Forest History Center
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Crow Wing State Park
Charles A. Lindberg State Park
Lake Maria State Park
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (National Park Service)
Mississippi River Field Guide (Twin Cities)
Metropolitan Regional Parks (within the Twin Cities)
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
Mill City Museum
MN Twins Baseball Team

State Capitol

St. Paul Parks and Recreation
MN History Center
Science Museum of MN
Fort Snelling State Park
Frontenac State Park

National Eagle Center
John A. Latsch State Park

MN Marine Art Museum
Great River Bluffs State Park
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge


Locks & Dams on the Mississippi River
(in downstream order):
Upper St. Anthony Falls (Minneapolis)
Lower St. Anthony Falls (Minneapolis)
Lock and Dam #1 (Minneapolis)
Lock and Dam #2 (Hastings)
Lock and Dam #3 (Red Wing)
Lock and Dam #4 (just south of Wabasha)
Lock and Dam #5 (Winona)
Lock and Dam #5a (Winona)
Lock and Dam #6 (just south of Lamoille)
Lock and Dam #7 (just south of Dresbach)

Lock and Dam #8 (just south of Reno)

Communities Along the Mississippi River Trail
Visitor information from some of the largest communities along the MRT (in downstream order):
Cass Lake
Walker/Leech Lake Area
Grand Rapids

Cuyuna Lakes Area
Little Falls
St. Cloud
Elk River
St. Paul (State Capitol)
Red Wing
Lake City
La Crescent


Sometimes bicycling in large cities can be daunting due to traffic volumes and complex turns.  Minneapolis and St. Paul are Minnesota’s largest cities but, despite their size, they’re bicycle-friendlyMinneapolis was named the second best bicycling city in the U.S. by Bicycling Magazine in 2012; it was named the fourth best bicycling city in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau; and it’s a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community, as ranked by the League of  American Bicyclists.  It’s home to off-road biking along the Midtown Greenway and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway; and has miles of bike lanes and bike paths for bicyclists of all levels.  St. Paul, Minnesota’s capitol city, is a bronze level bicycle-friendly community, also with miles of bike lanes and paths.  Visit the state capitol and some of the two river city’s key historic sites following the history tour bike map.  Use your bike or the Nice Ride bicycle-share bikes, which you’ll find in both cities
You can easily plan side trips off the MRT in the Twin Cities using Cyclopath, a Geo-Wiki tool designed by, and updated regularly, by bicyclists.