Zumbro Bottoms Unit, RJ Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest

Wabasha, Minnesota

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A short hike to a high windswept ridge that gives a panoramic view of the Zumbro River valley. This hike is just a small part of a larger network used mainly by horseback riders, featuring overlooks of the Zumbro River valley and numerous side trails down to the river bottom. Minnesota has four major rivers in the southwestern part of the state that dissect and carve the land, making valleys and bluffs on the way to the Mississippi River: the Cannon River, the Whitewater River, the Root River, and the Zumbro River. The name Zumbro comes from the French name des Embarras, which means “hindrance” and refers to the river’s logjams of driftwood. The river trails in Zumbro Bottoms explore both the river’s high bluffs and its meandering path in the valley bottom. This large state forest unit spreads out on both sides of the river, with miles of trails for hiking and horseback; described herein is just a small scenic section along the upper bluff. One of the most scenic views and perhaps the driest trail lies right across the Funk Ford.
Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A short hike to a high windswept ridge that gives a panoramic view of the Zumbro River valley. This hike is just a small part of a larger network used mainly by horseback riders, featuring overlooks of the Zumbro River valley and numerous side trails down to the river bottom. Minnesota has four major rivers in the southwestern part of the state that dissect and carve the land, making valleys and bluffs on the way to the Mississippi River: the Cannon River, the Whitewater River, the Root River, and the Zumbro River.

The name Zumbro comes from the French name des Embarras, which means “hindrance” and refers to the river’s logjams of driftwood. The river trails in Zumbro Bottoms explore both the river’s high bluffs and its meandering path in the valley bottom. This large state forest unit spreads out on both sides of the river, with miles of trails for hiking and horseback; described herein is just a small scenic section along the upper bluff. One of the most scenic views and perhaps the driest trail lies right across the Funk Ford.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wabasha
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 725 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State forest trail map, USGS quad: Theilman and Wabasha south.
Driving Directions: Directions to Zumbro Bottoms Unit, R.J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest

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