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Lanesboro to Fountain - Ride East to West!

Thank you to everyone who recommended riding from east to west between Lanesboro and Fountain! My... read more

Reviewed September 22, 2018
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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You Need to Experience This!

I've never walked or biked on a more beautiful trail! In the spring the wildflowers are amazing... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2018
Linda L
Houston, MN
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Thank you to everyone who recommended riding from east to west between Lanesboro and Fountain! My husband and I originally planned to park in Fountain and ride to Lanesboro but changed plans after reading these reviews and so glad we did! The last five miles...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

I've never walked or biked on a more beautiful trail! In the spring the wildflowers are amazing, and different plants continue through fall. You never know what wildlife you might see. It feels like you've traveled back in time!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Linda L
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

We just spent 2 days riding this trail! Totally awesome! I’d recommend starting on east side riding west as most of elevation gain is going west ! So in the afternoon noon your riding away from sun and down hill! This trail is very well...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Marlin L
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Southeast Minnesota is the best kept secret in the state. The trail from Houston to Rushford follows close to the Root River.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Lyn H
Reviewed July 27, 2017

We had a great ride from Lanesboro to Fountain and back! I would strongly recommend heading west towards Fountain start, as the last five miles into Fountain are uphill, and it was so enjoyable to coast on the way back! If you're looking for a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Kimberly W
Reviewed June 26, 2017

We kept to our plan to ride from Rushford to the junction with the Harmony-Preston trail. This trail is paved and is in great condition. The Root River meanders along side. We knew that rain/storms were coming but the last 12 miles back to Rushford...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank runandbike
Reviewed January 18, 2017

From Fountain, MN to Houston, MN a great bike trail to see Bluff Country. The only part of Minnesota that the glaciers didn't touch. This trail follows the Root River basin over the former railroad tracks that are beautifully paved for easy travel. The International...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Marlene S
Reviewed October 5, 2016

We were very impressed with this trail system. It was well maintained, scenic, and had quaint little towns to visit. The trail even had bike repair stations with all the necessary tools in case you had trouble. The towns had information and clean restrooms. the...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank lorih847chicago
Reviewed August 22, 2016

We rode the Whalan to Fountain portion this visit. The ride is easy until about five miles west of Lanesboro. Here the trail begins a gradual climb to Fountain. It requires a little effort but it's very doable. Upon reaching Fountain, the trail ends in...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank AmosRedux
Reviewed July 1, 2016

This is a great bike trail! It winds along the Root River from Fountain, Mn to Houston, Mn through 6 towns and 42 miles of beautiful bluff country in Southeastern Minnesota. There is an additional 18 mile stretch of trail from Harmony, Mn through Preston,...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank gopherhiker
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