Planning that Minnesota Summer Biking Vacation: Greater Mankato

The greater Mankato area in southern Minnesota has been known for a long time by cyclists as one of the premier biking destinations in the state.  Mankato and North Mankato have been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a "Bronze" Bicycle Friendly Community through their bike infrastructure, promotion and planning for the future.

The Greater Mankato Convention & Visitors Bureau has made it easy to plan your bike getaway to enjoy all this area has to offer.  An array of information is available on the Visit Greater Mankato website.   Here you will learn about biking the Greater Mankato Area, its wonderful trail system, where to stay, where to dine, area attractions and access the digital version of the 2013 Mankato Visitor Guide.

Image: Greater Mankato CVB
Image: Greater Mankato CVB

The Greater Mankato area has something for every type of cyclist, from mountain biking and trail riding to the region's many great road cycling routes.

Greater Mankato Area Trails
Greater Mankato Area Road Biking Loops

Here you will find some of the best trails in the state that contain scenic views of the Minnesota River, the Blue Earth River, Minneopa State Park, city parks and the woods & fields of the Greater Mankato area.

Trail Highlights

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is a 39 mile rail trail that connects Faribault to Mankato where it then joins the North Minnesota River Trail.  It travels through the woods, prairies, farmland and a 3 mile section of the Sakatah Lake State ParkTrail Map

Red Jacket Trail

The Red Jacket Trail contains 6 miles of paved trail that starts in Mankato by the riverfront and meanders its way across three railroad trestles including the 550 foot Red Jacket Trestle on its way to the trail's end in Rapidan.  The Minnesota River Trail connects at its start and the South Route Trail intersects at the midpoint giving cyclists a few route options to choose from.  Trail Map

South Route Trail

The South Route Trail is an 8.3 mile trail that starts at the beautiful Minneopa State Park and travels southeast crossing the Blue Earth River and the Red Jacket Trail on its way to the end at MN Hwy 22.  Trail Map

North Minnesota River Trail

The North Minnesota River Trail is a 4.8 mile section of trail that starts at Riverfront Drive on the northern end where it connect to the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail.  It finishes on the southern end close to Sibley Park where it connects to the Red Jacket Trail.  Trail users will experience great views as it meanders alongside the Minnesota River for most of its length.  Trail Map

Mount Kato

Mount Kato has over 7 miles of beginner to advanced mountain bike trails of which 80% are wooded singletrack.  The trails are open in late April through October and trail hours are sunrise to sunset.  A trail fee of $8 and helmet use are required.  Payment drop off is available so bring correct change or a check.  A mountain bike season pass can be purchased in the area office for $110 and is also good at Afton Alps.  Trail Map

Seven Mile Creek Park

Image Credit:  Minnesota River Basin Data Center
Seven Mile Creek Park is a 628 acre wooded park with over 8 miles of multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking.  The trails meander through the heavily wooded ravines with several bridge creek crossings.  Trail Map


The Greater Mankato Area is also home to several biking events throughout 2013.
For more up-to-date information on Mankato area biking events and rides, visit the Greater Mankato Multisport Club.


Click on the images below to view these handy Greater Mankato brochures.

The 2013 Mankato Visitor Guide is also available for download or request a copy by mail.  To stay up to date on everything that is going on in the Greater Mankato area "like" Visit Mankato on Facebook or follow on Twitter @visitg8rmankato.

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