Bike Paths in Fargo & Moorhead for All Ages

Biking can be a great way to check out different areas around town! Here are the best bike paths in Fargo and Moorhead to explore with your family. Scroll down to find shorter paths that are great for little legs!

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Favorite Bike Paths in Fargo & Moorhead

MB Johnson Park

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In North Moorhead, this park is a bit farther out. It’s a great space that feels like it’s in the country (although still technically within the city limits).

The dirt trails curve through the trees for miles of river views. And provide a challenge with the length, four miles, and the hills.

Be sure to watch for wildlife as you ride along the Red River.

And if you’re looking for something a bit milder, the paved walking trail is not as strenuous at 1.1 miles.

For a map of MB Johnson Park and other Moorhead Parks, see Parks Tracks & Trail Maps. 

Lindenwood Park

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Just off the Interstate in Fargo, Lindenwood Park is the largest multi-use park in Fargo. There’s tons of space to bike on both dirt and paved trails that provide scenic views of the Red River.

Didn’t bring your bikes? Rent them!

Lindenwood Park has two separate playground areas, so one fun option is to bike from one playground to the next.

And if you’re feeling ambitious and the kids are up for it, pedal across the river to Minnesota on the pedestrian bridge. Making your way over to…

Gooseberry Mound Park

Located in Moorhead, Gooseberry is another large park. It’s just off the Interstate and along the Minnesota side of the Red River.

Bike the paved or dirt trails for 3.6 miles of river and woodland views. And kids can enjoy the unique play structures while you’re there!

Iwen North/Iwen South Bike Trail

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Approximately six miles of trails run between North and South Iwen Parks.

The Iwen North Trail connects Iwen Park to Lions Conservancy Park and goes in a counterclockwise direction. It cuts through the multi-use park and through wooded areas with an off-road bike path along the Red River. The north entrance is at Iwen Park boat launch and south entrance is by the lift station at University Drive and 58th Avenue.

Forum Loop Tower Trail

This is a one mile loop trail that can be biked on its own or used as a continuation of the Iwen North and South trails.

This relatively easy route goes along the river. It’s hilly and wooded, starting just south of the Forum Communications Tower, near the intersection of 40th Avenue South and University Drive.

Lions Conservancy Park

This pretty, hidden park is set along the banks of the Red River in South Fargo.

Lions Conservancy Park is a conservation area (a project of the Urban Woods & Prairie Initiative with Audubon Dakota) and has abundant native plants and animals.

This shorter ride is full of scenic views. And the terrain is hilly and wooded, with abundant native plants and animals. Watch for birds and wildlife as you ride!

There is also a small stone ampitheator where kids can play.

Old Milwaukee Trail

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Near the Southpointe Neighborhood of Fargo, this trail runs through three Fargo parks — Milwaukee Trail North Park, Middle Park, and South Park.

Make a bit stop at a playground, outdoor exercise equipment, or the bike repair station that you will find along the way.

Riverwood Park

This North Fargo neighborhood park has a secluded paved trail shaded by mature trees. The trail has many curves and hills to create some fun speed.

There isn’t an easy access point, park in the far east lot of Trollwood Park in North Fargo. Take the maintenance road west and connect up with the sidewalk along north Broadway veering north along the Red River. This will take you along a closed road toward a closed bridge. Once you reach the bridge you’ll see the trail begin.

Red River Trail

This city trail goes through Dike East Park and Lindenwood Park in Fargo.

Right along the Red River, this path is wide and paved. It offers both sun and shade and scenic views of the river.

Looking for more adventure? Bike over one of the two bridges connecting to Moorhead.

Shorter Bike Paths in Fargo for Younger Kids

Elmwood Park 

This wooded park is just west of the Sheyenne River in West Fargo.

North Elmwood Park offers a 1/2 mile trail and South Elmwood has a one mile trail.

It’s one of West Fargo’s oldest parks and is currently being renovated with improvements planned for the paths. It is closed for the summer, with a reopening planned in 2023.

Check their Facebook page for updates on construction.

Rendevous Park

On the edge of West Fargo, this sizeable park is great for short bike rides with large paths that run throughout.

Bike from one playground to the next. Or for a great photo op, check out the waterfalls! Reference their park map to see how to get there.

Horizon Shores Park

This neighborhood park in Moorhead features a paved path that is a little over one mile. It loops around and has a nearby playground. Note that the path is in full sun.

Island Park

Conveniently located near downtown Fargo, this park has lots of mature trees for a shady ride.

Venture around the park on paved trails or simply bike from the parking lot to the playground. Or on a hot day, bring swimsuits, bike around the park, and end with a swim at Island Park Pool (note: pool is closed for 2023 for renovations).

Orchard Glen Park/Forest River Park

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The trail is an easy 1.2 mile loop close to the Red River, with a community orchard providing views of trees, vegetation, and wildlife.

Orchard Glen and Forest River Parks are part of the Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative and provide beautiful scenery in a quiet, wooded area.

Make a stop for bird watching and be sure to watch out for deer!

Trollwood Park

In North Fargo, this short, paved loop trail gives plenty of shade and views of the Red River.

While you’re there, check out the small playground!

More Trail Information

For more area biking resources see:

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Leah Tennefos
Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.


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