Southwest of Brainerd near Little Falls, the Fort Ripley Trail and Ripley Trail Connection is a 22.9 mile ATV trail located in Crow Wing County. The trail lies just a few miles southwest of the city of Brainerd. The Ripley Trail is surrounded by scenic pine and oak trees. The southern section (9.5 miles) of the trail is open each year from April 1 through November 1 for ATVs only. The northern section (13.4 miles) is open year round to ATVs.
To reach the trailhead from Little Falls, 2 miles north on Hwy. 371. From Brainerd, 1 mile south (adjacent to the Econo Lodge).
Overall, Fort Ripley Trail is the 3rd most popular ATV riding trail of all 33 ATV trails in Minnesota.