If you’re living at Parkway 25 luxury apartments, the amenities extend well beyond the front door! Our neighborhood is full of great restaurants, shopping experiences, and of course, outdoor fun. Regularly ranked one of the top biking destinations in the country, more than half of all Minnesotans take up wheels each year for fitness, commuting, and enjoyment. St. Louis Park is no exception, with a number of regional bike trails that connect to Downtown Minneapolis, Chaska and beyond, as well as many bike-friendly parks and lakes. Make the most of the summer by taking a spin in the great wide open!
Cedar Lake Trail
Featuring a 3.6-mile trail that connects SLP to downtown, with a changing landscape and dual lanes for both bikers and walkers.
Cedar Lake Extension Trail
Connecting the Cedar Lake Trail from Downtown Minneapolis to the Southwest Trail in Hopkins, this 4.3-mile paved trail follows the Hutchinson Spur rail line.
Cedar Lake Regional Trail
5 miles of smooth, pavement connects the Kennilworth Trail to Hopkins and follows the rail line along Highway 7, eventually ending up in Chaska. The Southwest Trail also links east to the Kennilworth and Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis.
Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trails also links to:
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail
Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail
Nine Mile Creek
North Cedar Lake Regional Trail
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Parkway 25, the lakes are amazing destinations for biking. Take the whole chain of Lakes tour for an extensive 11.5 mile trek, or spin around Bde Maka Ska, Cedar Lake, or Lake of the Isles.
Summer is just about here and that means epic fun in the sun, communing with nature, biking, swimming, boating and much more. The city of St. Louis Park has all that and more, with tons of trails, lakes and scenic sanctuaries all designed to help you connect with Mother Earth — and have fun while doing it. In this post, we’ll run down a few of our favorite local spots for outdoor enjoyment.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W. Franklin Ave.
St. Louis Park
Experience nature in the city when you visit this sprawling 160-acre preserve. Stroll winding trails through marsh, woods, and restored prairie — you may even get a peek at one of the many wild animals that make their home at Westwood, such as deer, turtles, fox, mink and owls. The park also features a playground for the kids and the Interpretive Center, where you can learn more about the area.
The perfect spot for a summer kickback with friends, Oak Hill Park offers numerous picnic shelters, tables, and outdoor grills for the ultimate cookout. A great spot to bring the kids, it also features baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, a playground, swimming pool, paved trails and more. If you’re looking for an outdoor experience with all the amenities, Oak Hill is a solid choice.
The lake formally know as Calhoun is a renowned, city-wide destination. Popular amongst runners, walkers, inline skaters, families and beach bums alike, Bde Maka Ska is your one-stop-shop for fun in the sun. Not to mention, it’s within walking distance of Parkway 25! Enjoy 3 different swimming beaches or rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board and get out on the water. They’ve also got a sand volleyball court, soccer and softball fields, a picnic area and a paved walking trail that rings the lake for a beautiful summer stroll.
SLP is connected to three major bike trails that span from downtown Minneapolis, all the way to Chaska. The Cedar Lake Trail, Cedar Lake Extension Trail and Cedar Lake Regional trail will take you through both urban and natural areas, keeping the scenery interesting. Smoothly paved trails make it easy for beginning and intermediate riders to enjoy themselves, while season riders can push themselves to the limit with longer distance rides.