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
Based on 228 reviews
The Root River Trail is one of the best bike trails in Minnesota. My favorite stretch is between Peterson and Lanesboro. Lanesboro is a good stopping point with several bars and restaurants to...
— TravelingSoccerLoon, March 18, 2023
This inn gets our highest recommendation for so many reasons. The inn is in an old, well-maintained building with lots of charm but the rooms have a contemporary feel and are super clean. Although...
— MiMi58, July 17, 2022
I had not idea this was in this town until I came across it. What a cool gem in Lanesboro. The whole town has a great vibe
— amorace, October 21, 2021
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