The Root River Trail System

User Alert: The 8 mile trail segment between Whalan and Peterson will be closed until the bridge repairs and repaving is complete early September, 2015. Please enjoy many portions of the 52 miles of paved trail system this year!

The trail bridge located in Lanesboro (heading toward Fountain) is closed for re-decking and re-surfacing. Repairs will be finished at the end of October. Please use the marked detour around the bridge. The detour is very short and utilizes Lanesboro's Historic Walking bridge and the bike path crossing beneath County Road 8 to the Bass Pond parking lot. The detour re-connects to the trail just west of the bridge under repair.

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.

Selvig House B&B - Harmony, Minn.
Amish Backroads Tour
Andor Wenneson Inn | Peterson, MN
Sweet Stop - Preston, MN
Explore Minnesota Tourism
Highway 16 Scenic Byway