Turtle River State Park

3.75 out of 5
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↑ 2,100 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
There are approximately 2.5 miles of trails currently available to mountain bikers...many more to hikers. The trail network is mostly singletrack traveling through hilly wooded areas. There is only one steep climb. While short its the only singletrack in the area and is a great trail through the woods. The two miles tend to flow quick with only switchbacks truly limiting the speed. Deer and birds are all over the place and the trail stays close to the river and brooks. The trails are scenic but are not challenging. $3 daily vehicle entrance fee. $10 overnight camping fee. This trail was mentioned in Mountain Bike Action's "America's Greatest Trails" article which appeared in the August, 1995 issue!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (5 total check-ins)
  Ross Lagasse   on Dec 24, 2018
  Scott737   on Jun 29, 2018
  Megan Dawn   on Oct 29, 2016
  Megan Dawn   on Oct 29, 2016
  Upinflames7   on Oct 25, 2015
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Reviews (5)

Granny Gear

October 7, 2018
BB494 Granny Gear  
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June 21, 2018
J-Dogg Gramcounter  
Review: Rode this today and made a 10 mile loop in a little over an hour on what appear to be new wooded trail sections. Well designed and flowy. Definitely beginner trail but lots of fun at speed. Good day would be a loop, lunch, then a loop in reverse only faster! Watch the "handlebarks" thru the trees. Gotta pay $7 for day use but there's a campground with brand new shower building. Worth a look.

August 1, 2016
Review: Turtle River State Park has much more trail than is stated by other reviewers. A 6-7 mile loop can easily be made throughout the whole systems of trails that are well maintained throughout the park. With some climbing, flow, and cross country, this state park's trail system is worth the drive.


October 25, 2015
Review: Fun little trail has nice flow, not very long though.

Similar Trail: M.B. Johnson park Moorhead, MN

Bunny Hop

June 6, 2013
rbrtsims5 Bunny Hop  
Review: Very fun, very short. Fast and scenic path through the woods. The other trails can add some length but the spotlight is the single track. Going up and down the riverbanks gives some elevation in an otherwise flat place. The rating of 4 is due to that while its small its well done and its essentially the only single track within a few hours drive.

Turtle River State Park MTB Trail 3.75 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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