M;;; ;;;; ;;, ;;; ;;;;; ;;;, ;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;; all of Minnesota except the southeastern corner. And that made all the di;erence. Known by geologists as the
“dri;less” region (and by Minnesotans as Blu; Country), this
land is graced with gentle rivers and streams flowing between
high wooded blu;s. Glacial meltwater carved the deep valleys
while sparing the so; limestone blu;s.
The greatest of these rivers is the Mississippi, but many clear,
cool tributaries such as the Root, Zumbro and Whitewater
rivers are beloved by canoeists, trout anglers, birders and
nature lovers. The Root River’s 80 miles o;er excellent, gentle
canoeing, and the paved Root River Trail is one of Minnesota’s
most popular biking spots, with 42 mostly easy miles to ride
along an abandoned railway line.
The trail runs from Fountain to Houston, passing through
the lovely river town of Lanesboro, home to the Commonweal
Theatre, antique shops and charming bed-and-breakfasts.
Local restaurants range from simple to gourmet, many offering
local and seasonal specialties.
The Root River Trail connects with the 18-mile Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail, and both wind through the heart
Explore Blu; Country & the Mississippi
River Valley. | JAMES RIEMERMANN
GREAT RIVER BLUFFS STATE PARK, WINONA
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