This trail is a combination of 2-way and 1-way trails, which makes up a nearly 10-mile ride. Though the terrain is hilly, the climbs are relatively short and the trails are mainly fast hard-pack. You’ll find some sandy sections as well as rocky and rooty ones too.
For a metropolitan trail system, Battle Creek is quite big. The area has everything for all technical rides with trails ranging from smooth, hard-park ski trails to expert-level singletrack.
Some parts of the park are very peaceful and quiet with trees all sides. That’s why many riders love this place as it gives you the feeling of being far away from the city.
The terrain is quite hilly, so get ready for some climbs and descents. Fortunately, most of the climbs are short. The longest one gains approximately 110' in elevation. Trails are mainly fast hard-back with some sandy sections and rocks and roots here and there.
Battle Creek Regional Park is located approximately five miles east of downtown of St. Paul, off I-94.
Driving east on I-94, exit on McKnight Road and turn right (south). Drive south to the Upper Afton Road. Turn right on Upper Afton Road and drive to Winthrop Street. Turn left on Winthrop Street, and drive for one block. Then turn right, into the Battle Creek Community Center parking lot. This is the trailhead.
The official trailhead is located directly south of the Community Center. Just head south across the grass, until you pick up a well-worn singletrack about 100 yards later. (Note: there is another parking lot available off Pt. Douglas Road—we don't recommend using it, as there have been quite a few break-ins at the Pt. Douglas lot.)
Food and drink
Please bring some food and plenty of water.
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