During this pandemic, biking, it seems, is a new favorite pastime. With many activities canceled for the summer and a desire to enjoy the outdoors, it’s time to rediscover biking as a form of exercise, transportation, and entertainment. It’s a great way to enjoy time with family and friends, and explore Richfield and surrounding areas.
You may not realize it, but Richfield is home to some of the best bike paths and infrastructure in the Twin Cities (take a peek at the full map here). Whether you’re looking for a quick, easy summer evening ride, or a longer weekend adventure, Richfield has a trail loop for you.
If you aren’t familiar with the many bike trails throughout Richfield, there are three bike trail loops to check out for your family:
- Richfield Lake Loop
- Veteran’s Park Loop
- 9 Mile Scenic Circuit
Let’s take a closer look at these three trail loops and how you can plan your next bike adventure.
Richfield Lake Loop
This short, paved trail runs around scenic Richfield Lake—just a short 20-30 minute ride. Perfect for those wonderful summer evenings! Access the trail on 65th Street just west of Lyndale and head east then north for some of the best views of the lake. As you wrap around to the west and south, enjoy the ride and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! End the short ride back at 65th Street and head across the street to grab a quick pint and a slice of pizza at Pizza Luce—their patio is amazing!
Veteran’s Park Loop
This short, paved trail meanders around Legion Lake and Veteran’s Park. Start at the bandshell near 66th St. and make your way east around the lake. Stop off on the east side of the lake to walk the boardwalk toward the middle of the lake for spectacular views and bird watching. Then, continue north and then west until you find yourself at Wheel Fun Rentals—stop off for a quick malt and a round of mini-golf. Continue south and stop off at the Veteran’s Park Memorial before finishing your ride. A perfect Saturday afternoon adventure!
9-Mile Scenic Circuit
This easy-to-bike, 9-mile loop covers a lot of ground across Richfield. It runs along West 66th Street, down Sheridan and Upton Avenues, then across most of 76th St. and back to Cedar Ave.
The loop gives you a great glimpse at the parks, restaurants, and other amenities that make Richfield special. Start your ride near Target on Cedar Ave. and head west. Stop for a break at Wood Lake Nature Center and take in the views along its brand-new boardwalk. Continue heading west and stop for a burger at Sandy’s Tavern or a scoop of Rocky Road at Cone Brothers at the corner of 66th Street and Penn Avenue.
Then, head south on Sheridan and Upton Avenues before catching 75th heading east. Stop by Donaldson Park and let the kids play on the playground before continuing east. Don’t forget a stop at Andale Taqueria for a quick bite, or grab something from their market to bring home for dinner. Continue heading east and maybe stop off at Washington Park for a little break before finishing your ride heading north on Cedar.
As people and families rediscover their love of biking in 2020, Richfield provides a multitude of trail loops and options that facilitate safe biking with access to all of your favorite businesses and parks.
HAVE FUN BIKING!