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Minnesota Inline Skate Club Trail Descriptions

If you'd like to see the trails on a map to know where they are, here is a map of most of the skate trails in the Twin Cities area. Note that some of the trails don't fit onto this map, like the outstate trails. 

Trail Name




Lake Calhoun


3.2 miles

Crowded on nice days

Lake Harriet


3 miles

Crowded on nice days

Cedar Lake Trail


3.3 miles

Occasional pebbles on trail.

Midtown Greenway


5.9 miles

Occasional sand/pebbles on trail.

West River Parkway


6 miles

Smooth north of Stone Arch Bridge.

North Mississippi


1-2 miles plus connections

Good connections to other trails.

Big Rivers (Mendota)

Mendota / Lilydale

3.5 miles

Trail east of Lilydale (not actually part of the Big Rivers trail) has several rough spots.

North Hennepin/Coon Rapids Dam

Brooklyn Park

7.5 miles

Wooden bridge crossing at Highway 169 can be difficult.  Repaved in June 2004.


St. Paul / Oakdale

16 miles

Watch out for some wooden bridges on the western half.

Southwest LRT Trail


5 miles

Some busy road crossings; not very scenic

Hutchinson Spur Trail

St. Louis Park

4.2 miles

Connects the Cedar Lake and LRT trails

Lake of the Isles


3 miles

Repaved in October 2005

Baker Park


6.25 miles

Recently rebuilt and now more skateable.

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Maple Grove

18 miles

Nice scenery, but south loop needs repaving

Minnehaha Creek/Lake Nokomis


7.5 miles

Diverse scenery

Hyland Lake Park Reserve


5.6 miles

Great surface but rather hilly.

Purgatory Creek

Eden Prairie

3.7 miles

A much-needed trail in the southwest metro area.

Snail Lake


3 or 4 miles

Super scenery.

Como Lake

St. Paul

2.5 miles

Mostly appeals to recreational skaters.

Battle Creek

St. Paul

4 miles

Good scenery but traffic and debris

Bruce Vento

St. Paul

6.2 miles

Good surface and connections to other trails.

Samuel Morgan

St. Paul

5.5 miles

Nice views of Mississippi River and Dayton's Bluff.

Lake Phalen

St. Paul

3.1 miles

Rivals Minneapolis lake trails, but a bit more hilly.

South St. Paul Regional Trail

South St. Paul

4 miles

Nice views of the Mississippi River.

Sunrise Prairie

Hugo to North Branch

23 miles

Good for long distance but snowmobile damage mars it.

Root River


60 miles

A fantastic weekend away.

Cannon Valley

Cannon Falls to Red Wing

20 miles

You should definitely skate this trail.

Douglas State Trail

Pine Island to Rochester

12.5 miles

Really not skateable until it's repaved.


St. Joseph to Sauk Centre

55.4 miles

A fine trail in Central Minnesota with great scenery.

Mesabi Trail


6 miles

Very scenic, but very hilly.

Paul Bunyan Trail

Brainerd to Hackensack

50 miles

Scenic trail in resort country

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