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 221 reviews
We read reviews that mentioned a relaxing trip down the river. We had beautiful weather, however it had rained a few days prior. I don’t know if that affected our experience. We took the 2 hour...
— Leif_the_Lucky1, June 8, 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
THINMGS TO DO NEAR LANESBORO MINNESOTA, a whole plan for the area.
The National Trout Center free entry rent trout poles Thursday to Sat 10 to 4 Free for...
— Jack L, November 20, 2019
Went to lanesboro to "kill" some time and relax from mayo visit. Cute little shops, nice trails, interesting culture. Cute little town. Very pretty in the fall. A LOT of bicyclists. Offers...
— tncshaw, November 8, 2019
Relieve stress, or do aone of the 2 hills near either end of the trail and work off the daily life stress. Either way, it is good for the soul and body too.
— John G, October 10, 2019