|A rider travels over the Arcola Bridge on the Dakota Rail Trail. Image courtesy Three Rivers Park District.|
Follow the route taken by millions of bushels of wheat and grain, as they journeyed from Great Plains farms toward the flour milling centers in Minneapolis.
The flat trail takes you through communities bordering Lake Minnetonka and beyond. As you approach Wayzata you'll be teased by glimpses of sparkling water, which expand to panoramic views of the legendary lake. Except for the sound of your footsteps or clicking gears of your bicycle, you will hear the breeze blowing through cattails and willows. And those smells you can't quite identify? That's the scent of escape.
This 13.5-mile trail offers a spectacular view of Lake Minnetonka and follows the route of the former Dakota Rail Corridor through St. Bonifacius, Minnetrista, Mound, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, and Wayzata.
The Dakota Bike Trail is appropriate for hiking, biking, and dog walking.