Run Along the Mississippi River Flats

Minnesota Franklin Bridge

Added by Joe Whitson

Walk along the Mississippi River and through the University of Minnesota campus. You'll pass by the Weisman Art Museum where admission is free!

This loop takes you from the Franklin Bridge to the Washington Avenue Bridge, crossing through campus, in between. Start at the Franklin Bridge (southeast end), walk down the stairs, and then take the elevated walkaway across the river, heading north.

The middle section of the loop takes you past the University of Minnesota boathouse, as well as the Weisman Art Museum (free admission).

Head across the Washington Avenue Bridge, and continue on through campus, following the trail. You will pass by a concert hall before returning back to the river.

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  • Good walking shoes
  • Water
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Fitness, Running

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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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2.5 Miles



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Worth checking out.

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about 1 year ago

Out for a run.

This is a great route for running, but if starting from Franklin heading west across the bridge, you will experience a gradual climb on the West River Road that leads up to the Washington Bridge. Run with a friend in the evening to catch a great sunset behind the city from both bridges (I like Franklin better because it has more trees nearby). The East River flats are also a great place to play frisbee.

about 1 year ago

Added by Joe Whitson

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