42 mi blacktop biking and x-country ski trail between Fountain & Houston in scenic bluff country of SE MN. The trail winds through a small valley and follows the Root River. Trail passes a small dam, over rail bridges and through a rock wall blasted away for the railroad. Hawks, songbirds, and wild turkeys can be spotted. Trail centers in Lanesboro, Rushford, and Houston; other rest areas. 5 mi west of Lanesboro, the Root River Trail connects with the 17 mi Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail.
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- There is access to the trail at several locations: Hwy 52 South from Rochester to Fountain. Hwy 52 South from Fountain to Preston, take Hwy 16 East to Preston access. Continue on Hwy 16 to Lanesboro, Whalan, Rushford, and Houston accesses.
- Accessible to Disabled
- Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
- 42 miles