Root River Challenge Ride

Preston, Minnesota

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This ride travels through parts of Minnesota’s "driftless" area. You will see firsthand how the last glacier, 12, 000 years ago, receded, creating this beautiful area from the remnants of the Ice Age. Circling around two old rail lines converted to bike paths, you will have several ride options as the road route intersects the bike trails. Traveling south, you may find yourself behind an Amish buggy as you ride to Harmony. Then, making a loop to the north, you will ride through a town once called Stringtown. Passing through Houston, a town named after a general from Texas, you will ride up the valley floor toward Money Creek. Riding the ridges, you will soon be coasting deep into the Root River Valley, forested with limestone and sandstone walls, arriving in Lanesboro in Bluff Country.
Road Biking Minnesota

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Road Biking Minnesota

by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)

This ride travels through parts of Minnesota’s "driftless" area. You will see firsthand how the last glacier, 12, 000 years ago, receded, creating this beautiful area from the remnants of the Ice Age. Circling around two old rail lines converted to bike paths, you will have several ride options as the road route intersects the bike trails. Traveling south, you may find yourself behind an Amish buggy as you ride to Harmony. Then, making a loop to the north, you will ride through a town once called Stringtown.

Passing through Houston, a town named after a general from Texas, you will ride up the valley floor toward Money Creek. Riding the ridges, you will soon be coasting deep into the Root River Valley, forested with limestone and sandstone walls, arriving in Lanesboro in Bluff Country.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Preston
Distance: 99.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 800 feet
Top Elevation: 1,300 feet
Local Contacts: Historic Bluff Country Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, Preston Area Tourism Association
Driving Directions: Directions to Root River Challenge Ride

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