Root River State Trail

Trailside Park, Minnesota

Elevation Gain332ft
Trailhead Elevation936ft
Elevation Min/Max880/939ft
Elevation Start/End936/936ft

Root River State Trail

Root River State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Fillmore County and Houston County, Minnesota. It is within Trailside Park. It is 47.9 miles long and begins at 936 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 332 feet. The picnic shelter is near the trailhead. There is also parking. The Lanesboro Visitors Center (elevation 853 feet) information, the Lanesboro Historical Museum (elevation 843 feet) and Rushford Depot Museum museums, and the Riverside Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also a picnic site, drinking water, and shelters along the trail. The trail ends near the Canoe Campsite camp site. This trail connects with the following: Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Minnesota (Falcon Guides)
Steve Johnson
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"Tucked in a pastoral pocket of the Root River Valley in Minnesota’s southeastern corner, Lanesboro is one of the state’s most beautiful towns. How can we go wrong with honors like the “Great American Main Street Award,” one of the “100 Best Small Art Towns,” and a top 50 placing in “Best Outdoor Sports Towns”? How about one of the “20 Best Dream Towns in America”? All this is evident with the first step into this fantastic town of quiet neighborhoods and scenic splendor. Wonderfully preserved gingerbread Victorian homes line the streets. Many of these now serve as dreamy bed-and-breakfasts." Read more
Road Biking Minnesota (Falcon Guides)
M. Russ Lowthian
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Trailside Park
Nearby City
Trailside Park
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Lanesboro Visitor Center, 100 Milwaukee Rd., Lanesboro 55949, (507) 467-2696,
Local Contacts
General Lanesboro city maps; USGS Lanesboro
Local Maps

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Dec 2018