The Root River Trail System

User Alert: There will be trail construction going on this summer, mainly on the segment between Whalan and Peterson.  This 8 mile segment will have intermittent closures between May 1 and June 30 while 5 bridges are being replaced.  This will be followed by a complete closure of this segment between July 27- Sept, 4 for a repaving project.

The trail is completely open through the Memorial Day weekend. Effective May 26, two bridges will be replaced between Whalan and Peterson. The trail will be closed between those two towns, re-opening June 26. Thank you for your understanding!

Brand new to the Root River Trail System ... Bike Repair Stations! Thanks to the Minnesota DNR, each town on our trail will have a self-service kiosk for trail riders to do routine maintenance on their bikes. Each repair stand has an air pump, a set of bike tools, and the ability to raise a bicycle off the ground for easy access to parts and cables. Thanks go to Pedal Minnesota and the Parks & Trails Division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Welcome to the website of the Root River Trail System, an online guide to Southeast Minnesota's premier recreational trail system, The Root River and Harmony-Preston Valley Trails. This 60-mile paved trail network meanders along the Root River amid 300-foot bluffs, attracting thousands of outdoor enthusiasts each season.

This website is a comprehensive directory of services available trailwide, from Fountain on the west, to Houston on the east, to Harmony on the south. You will also find information about the communities along the trail. Please use the links above to explore this site.

This is a not-for-profit web site. All of the businesses and services listed are included free of charge. For your convenience, many have links to their own web sites.

Sweet Stop - Preston, MN
Amish Backroads Tour
Cottage House Inn
Commonweall Theatre | Lanesboro, Minn.
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