Biking EnthusiastVisit Mankato
Mankato is a welcoming, bike-friendly city. You’ll find some of the best trails in the state and scenic roadways with wide shoulders and little to moderate traffic. Our trail system offers a spectacular view of areas that many not always be explored, especially if you stick to the roads. Trail users will follow streams and cross upland and wetland areas, where one may see all kinds of wildlife. You never know what is around the next bend. Make sure to check out our Biking and Hiking guide for several suggested biking loops. Mountain bikers will also appreciate our growing Mountain Biking opportunities including the trails of Mount Kato and Ft. LeHillier Trails.
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9 a.m. – Fuel your day of cycling with breakfast and coffee at Tandem Bagels or the Fillin’ Station. While you’re there take out your Biking and Hiking guide and plan out your day choosing from one of our recommended loops created by local bike enthusiasts like you.
10 a.m. – Stop by one of our local bike shops to make sure you have all the biking gear you’ll need for your day on our trails and scenic roadways.
11 a.m. – Start out your journey at Riverfront Park (360° virtual tour) . Hop onto the Minnesota River Trail and head east. Consult the Bike and Hike guide to find your way to the Red Jacket Trail. Once you have started on the RJT trail at the Mankato Family YMCA you’ll be able to follow the Red Jacket/Rapidan/Lake Crystal/Minneopa Loop for 34 miles of endless beauty including the views of the Blue Earth River and the water fall at Minneopa State Park or Minnemishiniona Falls.
12 p.m. – Grab a bite to eat at the Dam Store at the historic Rapidan Dam. Save room for their legendary pie. Make sure to bring cash – the Dam Store is an old-school experience you won’t want to miss.
3 p.m. – Cool down with a treat at Mom and Pops Ice Cream Shop.
6 p.m. – Just a short ride from Mankato you’ll find four unique wineries. Pick the winery that best fits your taste and enjoy a glass of wine and beautiful scenery out on one of its patios.
10 p.m. – The night is young. Reconnect at an outdoor concert at Riverfront Park or dance to the music of a local band. Find out what is happening at our local music scene at greatermankatoevents.com.
8 a.m. –Power up at a local favorite – The Wagon Wheel Cafe. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the breakfast basics at this local legend.
9 a.m. – Give our Mountain Bike trails a try. Start out at Seven Mile Park, a 628 acre county park located off of Hwy 169 between North Mankato & St. Peter. There are multi-use trails with equestrian parking and a highway underpass.
12 p.m. – Refuel at Pub 500 before continuing on your biking adventure. See if you can find the bicycle sculpture hanging in Pub and make sure to ask Tom the story behind the sculpture.
1:30 p.m. – Head out to Mount Kato for more than seven miles of mountain-bike trails accessible during the non-winter months of the year.
3:30 p.m. – Just down the road you’ll find Ft. LeHillier Trail, one of Mankato’s newest mountain bike trails.
6 p.m. – Have an early supper at Pagliai’s Pizza, Mankato’s oldest pizzeria built in 1969. Let’s just say there is a reason this joint has been around for so long – it is worth a stop.