River to River Trail

Posted by Doug Shidell, August 24th, 2015

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20150823_133523 (1)The River to River Trail will eventually run from the St. Paul Airport to Red Wing. The newest addition, from Inver Grove to Pine Bend, has some great Mississippi River overlooks and surprising amenities like a pump and repair station.

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The old Rock Island Swing Bridge has been converted into a pier and park. The facilities are modern and very attractive. Note the fake railroad tracks going up to the bathroom entrance.

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Swing Bridge Park is located off 66th St in Inver Grove Heights just south of I-494

From north to south the trail runs along the top of a levee, follows an active rail line, climbs a very long hill along Concord Rd, runs next to a frontage road for Hwy 55, then runs through the woods as mentioned above. It’s an odd mix.

River to River Trail
The newest addition to the trail runs from Pine Bend Bluff SNA to south of 117th St. It’s a short, but attractive segment of trail that gives a hint about what to expect with future developments, as the trail is connected to Spring Lake Park near Hastings.

The latest addition to the trail will appear this fall with the last update of the year for the mobile 2015 Twin Cities Bike Map. Download the mobile phone here.

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