Find the top rated trails in Saint Cloud, whether you’re looking an easy walking path, hiking adventure, cross country skiing, running, leisurely snow-shoeing excursion, or a long bike trail, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Click on a trail to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
- Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park – 29709 Kipper Road, St Joseph
265 acres along 1/2 mile of lake frontage. (Easy to Expert) Summer hiking trails, Winter Walking/Dog Walking/Snowshoeing/Fat Tire Bicycle trails, Cross country ski trails. This is one of the most beautiful public ski touring trails in Central MN including, 2.25 mile beginner trail, along with a 2.25 mile expert trail. The expert trail can be extended to 3.25 miles by utilizing crossovers. Wildwood: Classic skiing only, in the woods, (intermediate to expert trails). Ski Pass Required (see below). contains some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the area. Much of the trail system is groomed for skiing in the winter, and the skiing there can be as blissful as the fall color hiking.
- St. John’s University Arboretum: 2346 Science Drive, Collegeville
Almost 20 km (Advanced Intermediate to Expert) of skating and classic trails over mostly hilly terrain. Land designated as a state wildlife refuge, now creates hiking trails, snowshoeing, winter walking and many kilometers of groomed ski trails, including Lake Sag which is skiable when the snow melts everyplace else.
- Riverside Park – 1725 Kilian Blvd, St Cloud
2.5k loop with both flat and rolling hill terrain, groomed for both skating and classical skiing. 1 to 1.5K of man-made snow trail. Walking distance from the nationally recognized Munsinger/Clemens Garden.
- Graystone Reformatory Trails (aka North Loop or Jail Trail): County Road 301, St Cloud
17km/4.7 miles (Easy to intermediate , with a few challenging hills) total of trail loops, near the St. Cloud penitentiary, a mile from the Mississippi filled with scenic woods and hilly pastures. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required. Outstanding surfaces for both freestyle and classic ski events. Small drops, a few short climbs, tight turns, rock gardens and narrow tree lined sections await on this fun little trail, don’t let its size fool you
- Warner Lake: 1485 County Road 143, Clearwater
6km/241 acre (Easy to intermediate, with some challenges) site surrounding the 30 surface acres of Warner Lake. Hiking Trails, 5 miles Cross Country Skiing Trails, Winter Walking/Dog Walking/Snowshoeing/Fat Tire Bicycle Trails, Access to snowmobile trail, Bicycle Campsite, Prairie restoration site. The trails are groomed with double tracks that circumnavigate the lake. There are a few loops to challenge expert skiers. Parking permit or Ski pass not required.
- Quarry Park: 1802 County Road 137, Waite Park
6.2km/ 683 acres (Easy to intermediate) with a skating loop and classic loops, ski past scenic woodlands, open prairie, wetlands, and unquarried bedrock areas. Home to the longest lighted ski trail in Minnesota, the trails are easy enough for beginners with two 3.1km traditional ski trails in the park. A parking permit, available at the park, is required.
- Mississippi River County Park: 41300 County Road 1, Rice
209 acres and contains 1.3 miles (Easy to Intermediate) of frontage on the Mississippi River. One-third of the park is forested. 4.5 miles of ski trails. There are a few training loops for beginners to utilize. Walking trails along the ski trails are available during the ski season. There is remote access to an outhouse on the northern loop. The park does not require a parking permit or a ski pass.Hiking Trails, Cross Country Skiing Trails, Winter Walking/Dog Walking/Snowshoeing/Fat Tire Bicycle Trails. Access to Snowmobile Trails. Bicycle Campground. Prairie restoration site.
- VA Medical Center: 4801 Veterans Drive, St Cloud
2.5km Flat, grass field groomed to offer a decent low snow skiiing option.
- Beaver Island Trail: 38th St S, St Cloud
5.1 miles. Built along the route of an inactive railway that was part of a charter railroad of the Minneapolis and Northwestern Railway Company. The railway connected Clearwater to the south side of St. Cloud. The trail is asphalt, and biking, inline skating, walking and cross-country skiing are allowed. A predominantly pedestrian trail that follows along the river as it skirts about five blocks of downtown streets.
- The Rocori Trail: Main St SW, Cold Spring
3 miles. The trail runs along the side of Highway 23 for its entire length, after that it connects to the Glacial Lakes State Trail. Beautiful Scenery including the Sauk River, the Rockville Granite Quarry and the Cold Spring Dam and waterfall. Asphalt tail, allowing biking, inline skating, walking and cross-country skiing.
- Lake Wobegon Trail: 3333 5th St N, St Cloud
63 miles. The The trail is 10-feet wide, paved end to end. Along the trail, you’ll find plenty of lakes, woodlands, and open farmland. Most of the trail follows Interstate 94. Fat Tire, Biking, inline skating, snowmobiling, walking and cross-country skiing are are allowed on the trail, depending on the season.
- Soo Line Recreational Trail: 16056-, 16346 83rd St, Royalton
10.5 miles. A continuation of the Soo Line Trail (southern route) just north of Royalton, that follows along the abandoned railroad corridor to meet up with the Lake Wobegon Trail. The trail crosses the Mississippi River at Blanchard Dam, passing among farmland, wooded areas and creek bottoms. Asphalt trail, allowing, Biking, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing.
- Dairyland Trail: 2nd Ave. at baseball field, Elrosa
6.2 miles. Aptly named after one of the top dairy producing areas in the state of Minnesota, occupies a Soo Line Railroad corridor developed as a railroad in the early 1900s and will eventually stretch for 26 miles between Albany and Brooten. The open portion of the trail passes through a landscape of cornfields, prairie remnants, and dairy farms. Crushed Stone trail allows, biking, Horseback Riding, Snowmobiling, walking.
- Plum Creek: Plum Creek Dr, St Cloud
2.5 miles. A short yet fun single track loop with twists, turns, steep little hills and descents, short climbs & some quick straight-aways that will have you pumped to do another lap. Trail allows, fat tire, hiking, biking, walking.
- River Bluffs Trail: 3828 38th St S, St Cloud
5.0 miles. (Easy to Intermediate) Beautifully restored singletrack trail made possible by the BSA Troop 13 Eagle Scout Project. Trail allows, hiking, biking, walking,
- St. Cloud State University: 720 4th Avenue South, St Cloud
30 miles collective. A number of trails for biking and hiking are available near the SCSU Campus including the St Cloud River walk.