Explore the Scenic St. Croix Valley
If your idea of fun is where the rubber meets the road, bicycling is an awesome way to tour. The Valley’s bike trials include paved or gravel dedicated bikeways or marked shoulder lanes as well as mountain bike trails.
Washington County, MN.
Scenic Bicycle Loops
Loop 1 - 30 miles of scenic terrain and long steep grades through William O’Brien State Park, Big Marine Park Reserve and Square Lake County Park.
Loop 2 - Square Lake Park and Pine Point Park, traverses through farmland and wooded areas and offers spectacular views of the St. Croix River.
Loop 3- Starts at Pine Point Park and includes 17 miles of moderate terrain and ends in the historic and scenic city of Stillwater, MN.
Loop 4 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 10 miles of gently rolling hills and flat terrain along a paved shoulder with a portion hugging the beautiful Lake Elmo shoreline. The park reserve also offers five miles of paved bikeway around the developed portion of the park plus eight miles of mountain bike trails.
Hastings, MN - Hastings Loop - Crosses Mississippi River bluffs and Vermillion River gorges. The spectacular trail traverses the breathtaking Vermillion River gorges, Lake Isabel, Lake Rebecca and ambles along the Mississippi banks in the historic downtown of Hastings.
Afton Alps Recreation Area - Mountain Bike Trail, 8 miles of intermediate to expert terrain, overlooks the beautiful St. Croix River Valley.
6600 Peller Avenue So, Hastings MN 55033 - 800.328.1328
Gateway State Trail – Beginning at Cayuga Park near downtown St. Paul, the trail follows a long-converted railroad grade to Pine Point Regional Park in Stillwater Township. Length - 18 miles, surface – asphalt.
St. Croix & Polk County, WI.
Events and Trails
Hudson, WI - Girls Night out Bike Ride - Join in the fun and experience all that Hudson has to offer at the annual Girls Just Want 2 Have Fun Bike Ride 2015. Fri., Sept. 4 & Sat., Sept.5, 2015, the ride is limited to the first 75 riders with paid registrations.
River Falls, WI – The September 17th Autumn Trek Ride - Relaxing, challenging, and an awesome goodtime! Four scenic country routes from moderate to the ultimate challenge, each route is marked and mapped with rest stops along the way. Hoffman Park, 547 Hanson Drive, River Falls, WI, (Just off Division St and Highway 35).
St. Croix Falls, WI – Gandy Dancer Trail - This 98-mile recreational crushed limestone trail heads north to Superior, Wisconsin and winds through numerous parks, lovely scenic countryside, and through quaint small towns and villages. State trail pass required.
Woodville/Spring Valley, WI - Wildwood Trail - The trail runs between Woodville and Spring Valley. The trail passes among a mostly rural setting through a nicely wooded corridor.
Amery/Dresser, WI - Stower 7 Lakes Trail - Located between Amery and Dresser - The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetland, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. A state trail pass is required for biking.
St. Croix Valley Bike Tour - Connects three state parks through farmland, rocky bluffs, pristine lakes and fragrant, mature pine forests. The trail begins at William O’ Brien State Park, north of Stillwater and goes north on State Highway 95 to Interstate Park, then ride north to Taylors Falls on County Road 71 to Wild River State Park.
Fat Wheel Winter Biking – Where the rubber meets the Snow
WhiteTail Ridge – River Falls, WI
Woolly Trail – Polk County, WI