Taste of the Trail

2017 Taste of the Trail: Saturday, September 23, 10am-3pm
A family event at Houston's Trailhead Park!
215 W Plum St, Houston, MN

Be sure to visit Houston the last Saturday in September for a taste of what makes this little town unique! Join us at the Nature Center's Trailhead Park from 10am-3pm for local food, arts, music, and activities from our area businesses. Then travel through downtown to sample food, browse our local stores, and tour our Parade of Owls. 

This year's Taste of the Trail event coincides with the 19th annual Root River Triathlon - Registration is still open for this "do-able triathlon" in beautiful bluff country. Be a part of this fun Houston tradition - register today!

This year's Taste of the Trail event in Houston features:

Library StoryWalk from Balloon Art by Courtney10am-11am
The Houston Public Library will be hosting a very special mobile story hour with Nancy Carlson's, "Get Up and Go!" This mobile storyhour will take you on a path around the Nature Center and Natural Playgound, wandering from page to page and reading as you go!

Historial Bike Ride
In collaboration with the Houston County Historical Sociaty and generous donations from our communities, the Root River Trail between Houston and Rushford will be decorated with historical mile-markers. Bike the Root River Trail between our read about the history of our common valley along the way. Cushon's Peak Campground will offer a FREE shuttle at 12pm & 2pm for cyclists who prefera one-way trip.

Balloon Art by Courtney
Super fun and super talented! Come check out the fun creations that Courtney has been working on for this year's Taste of the Trail event. A huge hit with the kiddos - sure to delight!

Farmers Market

Lunch Fundraiser - Chicken-Q & Cold Beer (or root beer)
The Houston Legion and the Houston Area Chamber will be sponsoring a fundraiser for the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. All 
proceeds will directly benefit our local community as the Chamber continues its work in 2018. 

Live Music from the Ilika Ward Duo - 12:30-2:30pm

Other participating businesses include:
B&B Honey Farm
Barista's Coffee House
Carlson Roasting Company
Cox True Value
Cushon's Peak Campground
Daybreak's Pet Legacies and More LLC
Farmers Market/Flea Markey
Houston Nature Center
Houston Hoedown
International Owl Center - 1/2 price admission
JT's Bar & Grill
KARST Driftless Guidepost
River Valley Convenience 
Root River Market

Carlson Roasting Company

Activities/participants are being added daily, so check back often!

  Trail Conditions

Geneva's Hideaway & Ice Cream Shop
Sweet Stop - Preston, MN
MN Trout Capital Preston Minnesota
On the Crunchy Side - Harmony, MN
Rushford Foods
Explore Minnesota Tourism
Highway 16 Scenic Byway