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Root River State Trail

215 E Plum St, Houston, MN 55943-8476
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Details of Lanesboro to Fountain segment

We had a great ride from Lanesboro to Fountain and back! I would strongly recommend heading west... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2017
Kimberly W
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Root River in the Rain

We kept to our plan to ride from Rushford to the junction with the Harmony-Preston trail. This... read more

Reviewed June 26, 2017
runandbike
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South Haven, MI
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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215 E Plum St, Houston, MN 55943-8476
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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

1  Thank Kimberly W
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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

Thank runandbike
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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

Thank Marlene S
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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

Thank lorih847chicago
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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

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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

Thank gopherhiker
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Reviewed May 22, 2016

Today, we rode the Houston to Whalan portion of the trail. It's 100% paved asphalt. Trail conditions varied from very good (Houston to Rushford), to good (Rushford to Peterson-trail needs resurfacing), to excellent (Peterson to Whalan-recently resurfaced). There are some hills near Houston. Your experience...More

Thank AmosRedux
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Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Many routes for beginners to long distance riders. Wildlife all around, we've seen many deer, rabbits, snakes, turkeys, eagles, squirrels, numerous song birds, vultures, wildflowers change with the season. We like to ride early weekday mornings.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed April 18, 2016

I rode the trail from east to west from Houston MN to Fountain MN and back. This would definitely be the preferred route for out and back due to the uphill grade of the trail. Water is in 3 places I found, in Houston, Lanesboro...More

Thank SpiketheBiker
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