Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail is a 15.3-mile, mixed-use path extending from Hopkins to Bloomington. It is maintained by the Three Rivers Park District. The trail features 8 separate boardwalks in 1.7 miles that traverse Nine Mile Creek and its marshes. It is predicted to serve 400,000 people yearly.
The trail was constructed from 2000-2014 and was finished and opened on June 3, 2018.
Early in 2019, the trail was awarded the Award of Excellence for setting an example of how a trail can be built through fully-developed communities (from Hopkins to East Bloomington).
Potential trail gaps were remedied with 3 trail bridges over highways and a trail tunnel under a busy street
- Mall of America
- MN River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
- Fort Snelling State Park
- MSP airport
- Parks-Wetlands-Woodlands in Edina - almost 2 miles of wooden boardwalk
- Built over the 100-year floodplain
- Freeway bridges are at 588 feet over MN 100 and 1,025 feet over 62
- Easy access to transit and employment nodes
- Connects with 160-mile regional trail network
- One of most scenic trails in 3 Rivers system
Bredesen Park is a 200 acre park in Edina with paths for walking and biking around Nine Mile Creek. There is a 2-mile bike path that encircles the park and has been developed as a nature study area. This path connects to the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail at the southwest corner of the park.