Rochester MN Trails
Hike, Bike or Stroll
Rochester has an urban feel with easy access to a country lifestyle. There are more than 85 miles of paved, interconnected walking and biking trails. These trails meander along creeks and rivers, and through woods and prairies. And they take patrons along the cityscape and bustling buildings near downtown, and into the city's core. The trail system gives access to over 100 city parks, along with historical and natural attactions.
Silver Lake Park, a few minutes from downtown, is the hub for many of the trails. Silver Lake Boat and Bike Rental rents bicycles daily during the summer from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and in the winter by appointment. Options include adult bikes, children's bikes, baby trailers and tandem bikes.
"Some of the most beautiful areas are around Silver Lake, along the Zumbro River, Silver Creek, Bear Creek and Cascade Creek," says owner Aaron Richard. "Along the Zumbro River, there are lots of bluebells blooming in the spring, and although you're right in town it feels like you're in the country."
Richard says some of the most popular biking and walking destinations are Quarry Hill Nature Center, Mayowood Mansion, and Cascade Lake.
Quarry Hill Nature Center houses a variety of live animals, a fishing pond and a quarry for fossil hunting. The Mayowood Mansion is an historic attraction offering tours and events. Cascade Lake is one of the largest lakes in the area. "It's an up-and-coming area with a beach opening in 2016," says Richard.
Resident Tammy Drees loves Rochester's trail system. "They're perfect for a long-distance run or short distances with great hill workouts." She says there are lots of bathrooms and water fountains along the trails. Drees also loves to rollerblade. "The trails are well-maintained," she says, citing the smooth pavement for rollerblading.
Rochester's trail system is an excellent way to see the city and help maintain a healthy lifestyle year-round. During the winter, many of the trails are plowed for use. You can pick up a detailed map of the trail system at the Convention & Visitors Bureau office in the Mayo Civic Center or at the visitors information kiosk on Peace Plaza.
Get started on planning the walking or biking excursion that's right for you here.