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U.S. Bicycle Route 45

Cyclists biking along the MRT

Mississippi River Trail

An unforgettable bicycle adventure

Minnesota’s segment of the Mississippi River Trail bikeway, also designated as U.S. Bicycle Route 45 and 45A, follows the river roughly 600 miles from its source at Itasca State Park to the Iowa border. With additional alternative routing sometimes available on both sides of the river, the full route totals more than 800 miles.

Located largely on road shoulders, the route also includes segments of scenic state, regional and local trails. It winds through ancient pine woods, soaring river bluffs, and an abundance of natural and cultural highlights in Minnesota’s major cities.

About the route

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