Ways to Play in the Root River Valley
Root River Trail system
Using a 42-mile section of old Milwaukee Railroad bed, the paved Root River Valley State Trail weaves below riverside bluffs rising 300 feet overhead and crosses some 48 old railroad bridges. The trail connects Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Rushford and Houston; it also links to another popular bike trail, the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail. Several area businesses rent bicycles for visitors who don't want to bring theirs (800/944-2670; rootrivertrail.org).
The Houston Nature Center is a major trailhead for the Root River State Trail. During summer, take in one of the free nature programs offered throughout the week and on Saturday evenings (507/896-4668; houstonmn.com).