Root River State TrailPO Box 376
Lanesboro, MN 55949
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.
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.
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 227 reviews
The river is beautiful for biking on the trail, walking, kayaking or tubing. The water was low due to the lack of rain so kayakers might have to step out and walk in a few spots.
— lauriebY7734FV, August 30, 2021
Tops: good biking asphalt trail, clean and clear; courteous bikers. lovely views and good food at all the destinations—all for the fun of bicycling.
— boydr631, August 26, 2021
Great biking along the Root River Trail that passes through the quaint town of Lanesboro. The trail runs 40 miles from Houston to Fountain. The most scenic and enjoyable stretch of the trail is...
— TravelingSoccerLoon, June 20, 2021
Must see! This town has so much charm and character. We will be back and would love to stay in one of their many charming bed and breakfasts!
— wewegon, April 11, 2021
Gone are the good old days when the Root River was a lazy tube filled with relaxation and fun. Unfortunately, the river has changed and not for the better. The DNR lacks interest in removing...
— SEMNR, August 24, 2020