Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Minneapolis: Mississippi River Road

The paved paths go along the historic and mighty Mississippi River from the Ford Bridge to the Washington Bridge. There are plenty of bridges along the way so you can easily criss-cross them and make as long of a loop as you want. It is no surprise either that part of Twin Cities Marathon course goes along the Mississippi. The views are spectacular on both sides, arguably the best views being from Franklin Bridge to the north. We recommend starting at Plymouth Ave. near downtown Minneapolis and including Stone Arch Bridge. You are treated to great views, with Guthrie Theatre and the old Mill City to the west bank, looking over the St. Anthony Falls. The only downside is that paths are not so well connected north from the Washington Bridge, so you’ll need to incorporate some road. Note that the West River Pkwy has been closed between Washington Bridge and Franklin Bridge since 2014, but should be re-opened in spring 2016.


  • 8.8-mile loop with variation possibilities
  • 486 feet
  • W. River Parkway & Plymouth Ave. N.