Historic Bluff Country National Scenic BywayPO Box 489
Rushford, MN 55971
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.
Hours & DatesThe Historic Scenic Byway Highway 16 is only one of 5 incredible scenic drives in Southeastern Minnesota. Take time to take them ALL in!
- 88 miles
- Hwy. 16 between LaCrescent and Dexter, small loop on US-52 and MN-80 also connects Wykoff and Fountain; a scenic alternative to I-90.
- Wooded bluffs, Root River, charming villages, pastures and fields.
- Air quality improvements
Recycled plastic, glass, metal and paper throughout the region
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Organic or local food & beverage choices
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Water conservation/wastewater management plan
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Took this byway on our way back to St. Louis from the Twin Cities. It was slightly out of our way, but worth it. We missed a good chunk of it due to construction, but what we saw was scenic. Plan...
— dorsalmo, September 19, 2013
This is a pretty drive but if we would have waited a couple of weeks it would have been beautiful. The trees were just barely starting to turn. However, the apple orchards were all open. We drove...
— JoAnn1956, September 18, 2013