Samuel Morgan Regional Trail

Description: The Samuel Morgan Regional Trail follows the Mississippi River waterfront in downtown St. Paul. It shows just how much redevelopment St. Paul has done with their riverfront area.

Meeting location: 512 Shepard Rd, St Paul, MN 55102

Getting there: From the west, take I-94 to the Kellogg Blvd. exit. Turn right (south) on Kellogg and follow it to the three-way intersection of Kellogg, West 7th Street, and Eagle Street. Turn right onto Eagle Street, then turn left on Shepard Road. Follow Shepard Road past the light at Jackson Street. The parking lot is on the right. (This was the staging area for the St. Paul Inline Marathon.)

From the east, take I-94 west to the 12th Street exit. Follow the exit to Jackson Street, then turn left and go south on Jackson Street until it ends. Turn left on Warner Road. The parking lot is on the right.

Length: The best skateable part of the trail is about 5.5 miles long. The eastern end of the skateable portion is where the trail crosses Childs Road and where Warner Road crosses the railroad tracks. (There is a trail connection over the bridge, but it appears steep and narrow.) The western end of the best skating is around the Highway 35E bridge. The trails continue for a distance after that, and if you're feeling adventurous you can continue to Highway 5 and cross the Mississippi River.