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“Beautiful Relaxing Ride”
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Root River Trail
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Owner description: Popular biking trail in Lanesboro, Minn.
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

We stayed in Lanesboro, MN (awesome little town to stay and play) and rode the entire trail in two days. The section from Preston to Harmony is not as well maintained and is hilly but still enjoyable. Lanesboro and other small towns along the way offer a lot of interesting stops. Paved trail and suitable for all skill levels.

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Reviewed 23 October 2015

The Root River State Trail system and connecting Preston-Harmony Trail is a very good, scenic trail system. It is paved (asphalt) for the entire length and mostly in good condition. There are a few stretches between Peterson and Rushford that are a little bumpy and in need of repair. Much of the trail is very flat and good for casual cyclists. Preston to Harmony is a bit hilly, as is the stretch from Rushford to Houston. Bike rental is available in Lanesboro. A must stop location is the pie shop in Whalan. The trail is very busy during fall foliage season.

Thank GpaDave
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Reviewed 10 October 2015

A perfect day for riding on this trail, which follows along the river. We started at Harmony and rode down to Lanesboro, about a 24 (?) mile ride, mostly downhill. Parts of the trail had restored prairie along the edge which added to the trip. There are kiosks in places along the trail that dispense air and offer a few tools. The beginning location in a small park also had a couple of amusing art installations. The trail has wooded and open sections, wooden bridges, and long downhill portions. Really enjoyed this ride. It was perfect for middle aged folks out for a day pedal.

Thank Ludmarie
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Reviewed 9 October 2015

Made a special trip just to ride this trail after research and reading reviews. We were not disappointed in the least. We dropped a vehicle in Whalan and rode from Fountain east approximately 16.5 easy miles. This was the best part of our plan as the first 5 miles were downhill! We literally had to lightly pedal only twice over that span. The scenery couldn't be more beautiful. Rolling farmland, forest, and bluffs add to the frequent river views. The trail is extremely well maintained with picnic benches every mile and log shelters. The bicycle epicenter was in the quaint, lovely town of Lanesboro. Plenty of shops, cafes, and bars to satisfy every taste. Strangely though, this town seems to have a "fly issue". The stockyards are just two blocks from the center of town, so there seems to be an overabundance of flies in every place we stopped. I wonder if it was the time of year, or a constant irritation. Regardless, we thoroughly enjoyed this trip and plan to return next year.
Attention Road Bikers...Highway 16 from La Crescent west offers little traffic, wide shoulders, smooth pavement, and lovely rolling terrain!

Thank kempro
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Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

We had a beautiful weekend to ride the trails, we stayed in Lanesboro and although I was leary of the ride out to Rushford because of distance it was a really easy and smooth ride. The path between Peterson and Rushford was a little bumpy and rough, but still rideable.

Thank Hnic7
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