Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country

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  • From I-90, travel south on State Hwy 43 (10 miles) to Rushford. Turn rt on State Hwy 16, for 1 block, then turn Right on Elm Street. The Visitor Center is located on the left just beyond the Fire State and Depot Museum.

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  1. 2014 Root River Triathalon

    Call: 800-428-2030
    Toll Free: 800-428-2030

    Canoeing or kayaking 6.5 miles down river from Houston to Mound Prairie. Biking for 8 miles back to Houston. Race ends with a 3 mile run.

  2. Gammel Dag Days

    Call: (507) 875-2222

    It’s time to celebrate the 33rd Annual Gammel Dag Fest! A weekend full of celebration- enjoy softball tournaments, Amish buggy rides, kids train rides, folk music, the grand parade, and so much more!

  3. Nanotek Trek Bike Event

    102 North Mill Street
    Rushford, MN 55971
    Call: 507-864-2992
    Toll Free: 800-428-2030

    The 5thAnnual Nanotek Trek Bike Event kicks off early on Saturday morning, June 14, and the various routes through the blufflands are incredibly beautiful and challenging. There are also routes for young families along the fully-paved State Bike trail running either east or west from Rushford.

  4. Rustic Trail Run

    Call: 800-428-2030

    6+ mile cross country run on Lost Creek Hiking Trail.

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  1. Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway

    303 South Elm Street
    Rushford, MN 55971
    Call: 507-864-2992
    Toll Free: 800-428-2030

    Follow the lush Root River Valley and wind your way through what feels like a landscape painting of woodsy hills and dramatic dolomite bluffs, marked with the tranquil silhouette of a lone Amish buggy. Explore the Root River Trail by bike, stopping for pie or lunch in a trail town along the way. Or, enjoy the same route on the river; the main towns and campgrounds have outfitters for kayak, canoe and tube rentals, as well as bike rentals.

    Bluff country is also a great place for fishing, with many trout streams winding through the area. At a state park, naturalists lead tours of Mystery Cave and costumed interpreters portray life in 1899 Historic Forestville. Amish buggies are a common sight on these country roads. Lodging runs the gamut, from cozy B&Bs to rustic hideaway cabins to elegant retreats with specialty cuisine and rooms with expansive valley views.

  2. Historic Bluff Country Regional Visitor Center

    303 South Elm Street
    Rushford , MN 55971
    Call: (507) 864-2992
    Toll Free: 800-428-2030

    Come to Rushford, Minnesota, home of the SE Minnesota Historic Bluff Country Regional Visitor Center at the heart of Bluff Country. We're your information source for events, attractions, recreation, lodging, dining, shopping and RELAXING in SE Minnesota! Go to our website at for self-guided tours and downloadable brochures.

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