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 224 reviews
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
Scary canoe trip. Do not recommend for families with kids. Cute town and rental places look nice but river can be very dangerous.
— Leif_the_Lucky1, August 9, 2020
We rode our bikes on the Root River Trail from Lanesboro to Preston and back. It is a beautiful stretch of trail passing rocky ledges and open fields of wildflowers. It is pretty popular so a...
— GeofJx, August 9, 2020
The root river is a relaxing float with wildlife and scenery. The old bridges are fun to see. Lots of friendly people too.
— 426lorenb, July 12, 2020
A quaint and quiet town (at least when we were there) that has capitalized on the beauty and bountyof the Root River. Fishing, boating, floating, walking, hiking, biking in and around the river...
— Harald L, January 24, 2020