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The Minnesota DNR has on its website a Fall Color Report page to update you on current conditions around the state. The site also contains a Fall Color Mobile page you can access anytime while you are out and about from your smartphone. Use these reports to head to the areas with the best fall colors for your next ride.
Cannon Valley Trail. This trail runs along the Cannon River from Cannon Falls, through Welch and onto Red Wing in the scenic Cannon River Valley. In Red Wing you can connect and extend your ride on the Hay Creek Trail and the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail. The Cannon Valley Trail does require a Wheelpass to ride and one can be purchased at the Cannon Falls Trailhead, Welch Station and the Red Wing Trailhead.
Gateway State Trail is one of my Twin Cities favorites as it has its urban start in St. Paul and transitions to the country as you make your way toward Stillwater Township. You will travel through woods and prairies making this a scenic fall ride.
Mendota Trail is an easy, but scenic mountain bike trail that travels through Fort Snelling State Park from the Cedar Avenue bridge to Mendota on the south bank of the Minnesota River. This ride will give you scenic views of the river and provide a colorful fall ride through the woods of the Minnesota River Bottoms.
In part 2 of this segment, I will bring you several more trails to put on your "to do" list for the fall riding season.