Best Bike Trail Minneapolis 2014 - Lake Nokomis
2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55417
At 2.78 miles around, this paved bike trail that rings the lake is possible to traverse even if you haven't ridden a bike since you were a kid. The track is a smooth, oval shape that crosses streets only twice, and in each case, the crossings are well-marked. It's a beautiful ride for sightseeing: Nokomis is one of three sailing lakes (along with Harriet and Calhoun) that offers a majestic view of the ships as you peddle like the landlubber you are. There's also ample opportunity for refreshment — the recently opened Sandcastle offers a variety of snacks, from hush puppies to watermelon salad (and if its Kickstarter campaign is successful, Sandcastle will soon offer soft-serve ice cream). If you don't have your own bike, you can rent from Wheel Fun Rentals, including a four-wheel bike buggy that's perfect for families who want to pedal together. If you're a hardcore fixie rider looking for an aggressive course, Lake Nokomis may not offer sufficient challenge, but for the rest of us, it's the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the fresh air.