Big Rivers Regional Trail

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Trail Distance: 4.5 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Limited
Description

Is your doggo using their big brown eyes to beg for a walk? Then grab the leash and make your way over to Big Rivers Regional Trail. This rails to trails pathway runs along an old Minnesota Central Railroad corridor. Your doggo can experience the same route as the old railcars.

As a point to point trail, this walkway connects two trailheads. You can either start at East Trailhead on Lilydale Road, or at the West Trailhead on Mendota Heights Road. There are restrooms at both trailheads. Starting from the West Trailhead, the paved trail follows the Minnesota River in a northeast direction. Your pooch will love strutting their stuff along this pupular trail. Since it is multi-use and often used for commuting, chances are you will encounter cyclists, joggers, and other dog walkers. Help your furry friend yield as appropriate.

Around the half way point, the trail passes the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. Furtunately, there are a few designated lookout points so you and your pal can safely view the impressive rivers. You can also see Pike Island. There are lots of little critters that live around the trail. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, turkeys, rabbits, and even eagles.

If you and your athletic pooch plan to complete the entire 4.5 miles, don’t forget to arrange for a pick up or have a shuttle vehicle at the opposite end of where you begin. Big Rivers Regional Trail connects to the 72 mile Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. So if your doggo still has energy to burn, you can keep trekking. Be sure to carry some clean up bags and pick up any doggy debris your pup leaves behind. Have plenty of water on hand for both you and your pooch. Above all else, have a woofderful time exercising with your pupster!

Trail Features
River, Easy Incline, Urban
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Some folks use this trail for commuting, so be watchful during the early mornings and evenings for cyclists.
Address
1498 Mendota Heights Rd
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
1498 Mendota Heights Rd
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM