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Best Places to Skate

Duluth/Two Harbors:

Munger Trail – A 70-mile smooth and wide paved trail from Duluth south to Hinckley. Great for skating fast and for long distances

Park Point – Across the famous Duluth Lift Bridge, skate on Minnesota Avenue for about 4 miles out-and-back on the world’s largest freshwater sandbar.

Duluth Lakewalk – A paved trail that stretches nearly the whole city of Duluth, this is a classic route of over 7 miles from end to end. Note: the Lakewalk in Canal Park can be congested in the summer months.

Scenic Highway 61 – Skate on the NSIM race course! This is a classic skating destination and for good reason–follow the iconic North Shore of Lake Superior for many, many miles! Just be aware of traffic. Skate with traffic and wear high-visibility gear.

Gitchi-Gami State Trail – Keep going north to find the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail, which will ultimately run 89 miles from Two Harbors north to Grand Marais along Lake Superior.

Twin Cities:

Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis – Skate along the 5.5-mile former railroad corridor that is barrier-free, lit at night, and open 24/7. This is an awesome trail that is great for commuting from one side of Minneapolis to the other.

Roseville Oval – Got the need for speed? Check out the Oval for some interval and track work. There are many group skate and racing events at the Oval, visit their website for more information.

Gateway Trail, St. Paul – Enjoy 18 miles of paved, generally flat rails-to-trails skating from St. Paul northeast through the Twin Cities suburbs towards Stillwater.

Brown’s Creek Trail, Stillwater – Explore this 5.9-mile paved trail for many different connections to local park and trail systems and St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Cleary Lake Park, Prior Lake – This paved, scenic trail circles Cleary Lake and has rest/water stops along the 3.5 mile route.

East and West River Parkway, Minneapolis – In the heart of Minneapolis, strap on your blades and travel alongside the Mississippi River on the either the east or west bank.

Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain – Check out a challenging 12.5- mile trail system within Baker Park. If you can do a couple of hilly loops in Baker, you will be in good shape for September.

Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove – There are plenty of options with over 20 miles of paved trails within Elm Creek Park, from easy and flat to challenging.

Greater Minnesota:

Paul Bunyan Trail, Baxter – This is MN’s longest continuously paved trail through the beautiful woods of Northern Minnesota. The 120-mile trail stretches from Brainerd north to Bemidji.

Lake Bemidji Trail – Bemidji – Loop around Lake Bemidji through Lake Bemidji State park on a 17-mile paved trail, with rest and water stops along the way.

 

If you don’t live in Minnesota, comment with YOUR favorite place to skate! Missed a spot in MN? Comment! Don’t want to comment? Email mike@northshoreinline.com because we want to create a comprehensive list of great skating spots.