Root River State Trail

Trailside Park, Minnesota 55962

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, Minnesota. It is within Trailside Park. It is 35.2 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 Riverside Campground camp site, the Rushford Depot Museum and Lanesboro Historical Museum (elevation 843 feet) museums, and the Lanesboro Visitors Center (elevation 853 feet) information can be seen along the trail. There are also a picnic site, shelters, and drinking water along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail.

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"Along much of its route, the Root River State Trail follows the winding course of its namesake river for 42 miles through the Minnesota towns of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and Houston. The paved trail is mostly level, although a section just west of Houston (around Money Creek Woods) has some steep hills for about 0.5 mile.

Along the way, you’ll have outstanding views of the tall limestone bluffs and the steep hills thickly wooded in maples and birch that rise above the river. Watch for wildlife, such as turkeys, deer, raccoons, and birds of prey."

"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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Trail Information

Trailside Park
Nearby City
Trailside Park
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Additional Use
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Historic Bluff Country Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, Preston Area Tourism Association
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Jul 2018