Among the activities individuals can enjoy on these trails include walking, running, jogging, in-line skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling.
Dakota Trail-Asphalt, Gravel-26.6 miles
The 13-mile Hennepin County section of the trail begins at the lakefront in downtown Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis. Lake views are never far away for much of the trail’s journey through Hennepin County. In fact, many of these communities were developed in the late 19th Century as popular resort towns due to their stunning views of the clear water and convenient location along the expanding railroad lines. These towns—which are now largely residential—include Orono, Minnetonka Beach, Spring Park and Mound.
Luce Line Trail- Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass-72.9 miles
The Luce Line Trail follows a former railroad grade and accommodates biking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The rail-trail heads west from urban Minneapolis through Minnesota’s rural landscape, traveling through suburbs, wooded stretches, across wetlands, near lakes, through tall-grass prairie remnants and into the countryside. Wildlife encountered along the way include deer, foxes, minks, owls, pheasants and many species of duck and geese.
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail- Crushed Stone,-15 miles
The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail begins in downtown Hopkins, just a few blocks north of the eastern endpoint of the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail. The 15-mile trail skirts the edge of Lake Minnetonka on its run through the communities of Minnetonka, Excelsior and Victoria.
Lake Independence Regional Trail- 15.87 miles (info found on Three Rivers Park District)
The Lake Independence Regional Trail connects Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Baker Park Reserve and the Luce Line State Trail. The 10-foot-wide paved trail supports walking, jogging, hiking, dog-walking, inline skating and bicycling. A turf trail for horseback riding and hiking runs parallel within Baker Park Reserve, south of County Road 115.