Dakota Rail Regional Trail

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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,200 contributions
Jul 2020
Terrific bike trail in the Twin Cities. I pedaled from Minnetonka Beach out to Mayer and back which was a 34 mile round trip ride. The trail is mostly flat with only occasional mild elevation change. Aside from the views riding across the bridge at Crystal Bay, I found the stretch from here to Mound to be less interesting as it travels behind business along Shoreline Drive with minimal views of the lake. However, the stretch west from Mound to Mayer was wonderful and gets you away from the city and out into some nice countryside. The stretch along Lake Waconia was my favorite part of the ride. Enjoyed finding some ice cream at Lost Lake Creamery in Mound near the trail parking at the end of my ride.
Written December 26, 2020
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Tom
Maple Grove, MN1,889 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Recently have this trail a try for a long bike ride and really enjoyed it. We started in Mound and headed west to avoid a lot of walkers and hikers, as well as fewer traffic crossings. Nicely maintained, although there will be some closures in late June/early July for trail maintenance. Nice amount of shade along the trail. Tip: reward yourself with some ice cream at the Lost Lake Creamery on a hot day.
Written June 19, 2021
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robbb2013
Wayzata, MN172 contributions
May 2014 • Family
... and my private trail the other 90% of the week!

This is a great FLAT trail for family biking, walking (I won't say hiking) that has a few great spots along the way with amazing views of the Lake Minnetonka area. Hit the eastern part of the trail to get to the Arcola bridge for amazing sunset views (and firework views of the Lafayette Club Labor Day fireworks). The trail moves through several amazing cities that have a long history on the lake. There are stories to be heard here.

On weekends be careful. I personally only use the trail for running and when I am on my bike, I ride along the amazing shoulders of the roads all around lake minnetonka. Why the large groups of riders that are moving along at 15-20 mph feel it necessary to use this trail is beyond me... When I am with my younger daughters on their bikes, I'll either take my wifes cruiser or run along with them.

Watch out for Minnetonka Beach! There are a ton of stop signs for the trail users... be smart about you speed and specifically watch out for the trail intersection by the turn in for Lafayette Club just after the tennis courts (if you are coming from the east)... there are no less than 5 roads and a trail crossing at one point!!! At a minimum SLOW DOWN and watch closely, and even better come to nearly a stop before proceeding.

I have seen too many accidents already on this trail, I have been hit while running several times by bikers not paying attention and have come across several bikers that have gone down, one without a helmet that needed assistance getting back home!

That all said, it is a beautiful trail to ride! Slow down, look around and enjoy some of the amazing views that it has to offer as you move through the Lake Minnetonka area!
Written May 3, 2014
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dviant
Wayzata, MN16 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
So I have been all around the state on mu 2 wheel wonder ... I am a road runner
I will keep this short . we (bicyclist) have to remember to stop that the roads the cross traffic does not ....... If we will ever gain respect from people in cars we need to abide by the laws... its a great path ... but around Arcola bridge there are a LOT of condoms on the [path ...... what up with that?
Written April 25, 2016
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Mark61217
Minneapolis, MN396 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
I’ve biked the Dakota Rail Trail from Spring Park to Wayzata and back almost everyday for 4 years now. It’s a great trail with some beautiful views and sights along the way. It offers beautiful views of Lake Minnetonka and a historic railroad tressel crossing bridge with unparalleled views of the lake and Lafayette Club. Some parts of the trail open up to traffic and noise however which is kind of a bummer to an otherwise tranquil ride. Overall it’s a great trail and perfect for all ages and abilities.
Written March 8, 2018
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Gina Y
Sarasota, FL103 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
We ride the Dakota Trail from Wayzata to Mound and then on to St. Boni. Love this ride as we cross Lake Minnetonka at Crystal Bay.
Written June 26, 2017
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Duane G
Wayzata, MN28 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
Bike trail runs 23 miles of paved asphalt starts in wayzata or New Germany, runs along lake Minnetonka and into farm country to the west. Restaurants along the way with a couple ice cream shops. Make sure to stop at the Gale farms Three Rivers Park. Beautiful trail!
Written November 15, 2016
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TravelGuurl
Minneapolis, MN63 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
This is a beautiful paved and flat trail that starts in downtown Wayzata and goes out to St Bonifacious. It goes past beautiful neighborhoods. Many people use it but it does not get overly crowded. It is not plowed in the winter though.
Written July 16, 2016
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Sara J
Eagan, MN32 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
My husband and I just biked this trail for the very first time, and LOVED every second of it. We started in downtown Wayzata, and parked at the 175 Grove Lane address that the Three Rivers Park District website gave us. There were about 7 (or so?) spots designated for people who were going to ride the Trail. The remainder of the spots said Permit parking only, but the parking lot and surrounding area is HUGE, so parking wouldn't be an issue if those spots were taken. There are also bathroom facilities to use at that starting point. We rode all the way to Sovereign Estate Winery before turning around. (which was about 17 mi one way) Along the way, there IS water to be had, and bathrooms to use as well. STOP AT GALE WOODS FARM!!!!! Clean bathroom facilities, cold water, a gift shop, animals to look at, plenty of spots to sit and rest (and even have a picnic if you'd like), and completely FREE. On a side note, when we stopped at the Farm, we heard lots of laughing from across the way at Big Stone Mini Golf...another spot to check out for future rides. We would have liked to have eaten at the St. Boni Bistro had we known that we'd be biking literally right past it, and now that we know that, it'll be on our list for next summer! There was also the Minnetonka Drive In, but that was closed for the Season when we rode. My best advice is to look up the Dakota Rail Trail on Google Maps, zoom in, and just take a look & scroll. You'll see all the places that you COULD stop at along the way, to get water, eat, or just look at the scenery. Beautiful trail. You won't be disappointed or bored with this old railroad track.
Written October 24, 2015
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brews_views
Lake City, MN33 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
One of the few trails that I've been on that has fun little stops along the way. Stops in Wayzata, Mound, Spring Park & Waconia. Stop and eat at Dakota Junction.
Written August 30, 2014
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