Zumbro Bottoms Unit, R.J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest Professional Review and Guide
"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."