A 115-mile circuit over the high, gently rolling farm country of southwest Minnesota. Two highways and county roads almost devoid of traffic cross windswept ridges and fertile valleys thick with corn, soybeans, and remnants of the tallgrass prairie that greeted the pioneers. Towns on the route include stone-built Luverne and Pipestone, the “End-O-Line” village of Currie, and Walnut Grove of Little House on the Prairie fame.
Special attractions: Unique quartzite architecture in Luverne and Pipestone; Minnesota’s largest bison herd and virgin prairie at Blue Mounds State Park; Pipestone National Monument; Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and dugout site in Walnut Grove; End-O-Line Railroad Museum in Currie; biking, hiking, and boating at Lake Shetek State Park. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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