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Map of the Mississippi River Trail - Dakota County

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Mississippi River Trail - Dakota County

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Mississippi River Trail - Dakota County

LENGTH:

12.2 miles + 4 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Hastings

HIGHLIGHTS:

views of the Mississippi River, local parks, Rick Island Swing Bridge

RELATED LINKS:

South St. Paul

Inver Grove Heights

Hastings

St. Paul

Minneapolis Metro

Regional Trails

The Mississippi River Trail is a trail system managed by Dakota County and when completed will be 27 miles of paved pathway that extends from South St. Paul to Hastings.

The northern section of the Mississippi River Trail is a 12.2-mile long paved pathway that follows the Mississippi River from South St. Paul to south of Inver Grove Heights. This section is managed by Dakota County Parks and is one of many paved pathways along the Mississippi River in the Twin City area. 

At its north end, the Mississippi River Trail goes past several local parks and travels through natural areas along the river and away from roads and traffic. There are great views of the boat traffic along the river as well as several locations to connect to streets that head to the west. The southern portion of the trail follows alongside Concord Boulevard and then alongside Courthouse Boulevard.

A separate 10-mile long paved section of the Mississippi River Trail has been completed to the northwest of the community of Hastings. This southern section of the trail system starts at Spring Lake Park and meanders through the natural areas along the river. The trail passes through Spring Lake Park Reserve / Shaar's Bluff area. The trail then follows alongside Route 87, Lock Boulevard and Nininger Road.

In the northwest side of Hastings, the Mississippi River Trail connects to paved trails that cross the river over to Lake Rebecca Park and then down to Hastings Bridge. The trails then connect to paved pathways that head south into Hastings alongside Bailey Street. This trail goes past Rivertown Dog Park and CP Adams Park eventually connecting to paved pathway in Vermillion River Linear Park.

Conditions

The Mississippi River Trail  is paved for the entire route. The trail is open for bike riding and walking. For the most part, the trail is situated away from streets and traffic.

Communities

The Mississippi River Trail goes past the following communities: South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and Hasitings.

Points of Interest

The Mississippi River Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Simons Ravine Trailhead
Kaposia Landing Park
Interstate 494 Pedestrian Bridge
Old City Hall Park
Rock Island Swing Bridge
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area
Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park Reserve / Shaar's Bluff
Lake Rebecca Park
Hastings Bridge
Nearby Trails

Vermillion River Linear Park: The two trails are connected by paved pathways that travel through the City of Hastings.

End Points

The north end of the northern section Mississippi River Trail is located at the Simon's Ravine Trailhead near Concord Street N and Butler Avenue in South St. Paul. The south end of the trail is located near 117th Street E in Inver Grove Heights.

The north end of the southern section is at Spring Lake Park which is located off of the intersection of Pine Bend Trail and Findlay Avenue to the west of Hastings. The southern end of the Mississippi River Trail is located along Ninenger Road at Riverdale Drive on the northwest side of Hastings.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Mississippi River Trail in Dakota County, Minnesota

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