Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about fat tire biking? It’s become a popular new sport for people to try! And, though you can go fat tire biking all year long, it really gained popularity as a new addition to winter sports. If you struggle or don’t enjoy cross country skiing or snowshoeing, then fat tire biking may be a great new way for you to experience the same previously off-limits areas in the snow without all the hassle. Fat tire bikes are increasingly used throughout the year, but winter is undeniably the most fun time to ride what is commonly referred to as a “fattie.”
If you love biking and being in the woods, this fun new winter sport might just be for you! Come stay with us at any of our Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts, and get local tips from our Innkeepers on the best places to enjoy a ride on a fattie this winter.
5 Best Fat Tire Biking Trails in Minnesota
While you can take a fat tire bike just about anywhere there’s snow, there are designated trails around the state that make for an excellent day of adventure. Make sure you stay off trails that are groomed specifically for cross-country skiing, but other than that find a trail and have some fun!
Innkeepers are always the best source for local knowledge, as they are experts in their area and do a wonderful job of guiding their guests to the best parts of their area. But, if you want a little help choosing to go, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places to go. Check them out, and be sure to let us know if we missed somewhere great!
- The Cayuna County State Recreation Area, near Brainerd, is one of the most popular places in the state for fat tire biking. Altogether, there are more than 20 miles of groomed trails for bikes
- There are a lot of mountain biking trails in Duluth, which means there’s plenty of fat tire biking as well. One of the most popular places to ride in the winter is Mission Creek, which was the first professionally built trail of its kind in the Duluth area. Other great places here include Jay Cooke State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
- If you plan to be near Minneapolis or St. Paul this winter, head to Fort Snelling State Park. Their trails travel along the banks of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, which makes for an absolutely beautiful day in the snow. Elm Creek Park Reserve is also a great place to test out your snow-biking skills near the twin cities.
- In southern Minnesota, you’ll find a great trail between Rochester and Pine Island, the Douglas State Trail. The Richard J. Dorer State Forest near Winona also has a great variety of terrain to explore.
- The popular Root River State Trail in southeastern Minnesota’s bluff country, near the charming town of Lanesboro, is a delightful place to spend an afternoon or two exploring Minnesota’s winter wonderland.
The Perfect Winter Getaway in Minnesota
If you want to plan the perfect getaway in Minnesota, your planning should start by booking a room at our of our member Bed and Breakfasts. We offer a range of accommodations from cozy and rustic to modern and luxurious. After a day spent biking through Minnesota’s winter wonderland, we know you’ll be ready for the creature comforts of home. There’s no better place for that than one of our comfortable Bed and Breakfasts.
When it’s time to head back outside for another day of fun, our Innkeepers will make you an exceptional breakfast that will keep you fueled for the adventure ahead. Book a room at one of our Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts today!