The Root River State Trail is Southeastern Minnesota’s most popular trail, stretching 42 miles from Fountain, MN and ending in Houston, MN. The trail follows the scenic path of the Root River and passes through the communities of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford & Houston. The trail passes through Minnesota’s scenic bluff country so be ready to take on some hills. The trail is open to hikers, biker & in-line skaters in the spring, summer & fall months. In the winter months the trail is open to cross-country skiing, however you will need a ski pass to use the trail.
The Harmony-Preston trail starts in Harmony, MN and then passes through Preston, MN and meets up with the Root River Trail just East of Lanesboro, MN. The trail is 17.8 miles long and navigates through the scenic bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota. Like the Root River trail it is open to hikers, biker & in-line skaters in the spring, summer & fall months. In the winter months the trail is open to cross-country skiing, don’t forget your ski pass in the winter.
You will find access points in the various communities along both trails along with several rest areas and camping sites available for public use. Please camp only in designated camp sites marked along the trail. Also please clean up after yourself and respect adjoining private landowner’s rights.