Minnesota's Root River Trail
This asphalt 40-mile trail is
built on an old railroad bed between Fountain and
Money Creek Forestry Unit. A 5.4-mile spur to Preston
was added in the spring of 1996. Another 5.8-mile
section will extend the trail to Houston.
The trail provides views of the winding river, forest
and farmland in the area which are often breathtaking
in their beauty.
Don't miss the museum at the trail headquarters in
Rushford nor the Overland Inn Restaurant in Whalan,
which is famous for its homemade pies!
The Overland Touring Company in Whalan makes twice
daily runs to any location on the trail from Memorial
Day to Labor Day. If you need a shuttle, they are
set up to take you and your bike anywhere you want to
go. They charge $8 per person and can be reached
on 1-800-240-4162 or (507) 467-2623.
(These rates and telephone numbers are from the
Because we did not have enough time to ride the
trail in both directions, we arranged for pickup
at the trail headquarters in Rushford and were carried
to Fountain. From there it is a marvelous down-hill
ride to Rushford. The ride that day, which
included the spur to Preston and the new section
to Money Woods, was 55.5 miles.