Lanesboro to Fountain

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Lanesboro to Fountain is a 15.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lanesboro, Minnesota that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, birding, and road biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

nature trips

road biking

walking

river

wildlife

road biking
2 months ago

Gorgeous!

walking
4 months ago

Being local, we use this trail quite frequently for just going on nice walks. There are many places to stop and rest, and some little shelter cabin type buildings to take shelter in if you are lucky enough to be near one if weather turns. Trail is maintained well. May see all kinds of wildlife and livestock. No predator animals to be weary of. This is not Grizzly country, and black bears are Extremely rare, but are spotted once in a blue moon. Highly recommend. Lanesboro has many places to visit also, everybody is friendly. Also do the trail to Rushford from Lanesboro. Old Barn Resort is a nice place to stop to eat on the trail.

6 months ago

great ride, rode in the fall, however the walnuts played hell on the trail as we were riding trikes..... should have a sidewalk sweeper .....

11 months ago

This is a fantastic trail. All paved . Beautiful scenery. 100% recommended. Lanesboro is a really nice little town, several bike rental shops if you don't have your own. I will definitely come back !

road biking
Friday, August 12, 2016

The trail is so well maintained it might as well be a road! Love this one - have traveled it's length several times, as my family goes every year. Adore the views and the people!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Fountain Trail is a good ride. A mixture of shade and sun. All a gentle uphill slope since it's an old railroad bed. I was exhausted but thrilled when I finished! Don't expect to find a cold drink or coffee or much of anything in Fountain once you get there. A sweet town nevertheless.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Did this section of Root River Trail round trip - Lanesboro to Fountain back to Lanesboro. This is a very nice paved bike trail. Well maintained and scenic.

As top reviewer noted - last miles to Fountain is uphill and some work ... Not steep but consistent uphill climb. But that just makes the round trip leg back a lot easier with a nice long downhill run at the start.

Lanesboro has lots of fun little restaurants and pubs. B&B's, guest houses and town camping too. Plus there is a small 'resort' on the trail (Old Barn Resort - camper sites, pool, hostel, restaurant, bar and even a golf course). Golf course looks like hilarious good fun. I generally hate golf (too many people take it serious) but this course is so small town that even complete newbie nongolfers could have a blast. Scores optional.

Also a small primitive campground about half way - state forest or county - not sure. Well water and pit toilets only.

Canoe and tube outfitters for river in Lanesboro and the resort. Drop off and pick up service. Didn't do that this time but have in past. Easy river to canoe.

Really nice multipurpose trail.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 22, 2013

What will always stick in my mind about this trail is the last 5 miles going into Fountain. It has over a 400 foot elevation gain and is consistently uphill. After biking many miles already this day, I had saved this stretch for the final run. Oops! Anyway, this is a good trail, paved in its entirety and full of river crossings and rich in wildlife. There was one downed tree on the trail due to a large rain the previous night, but it was easy to get around. A shady canopy also follows the trail and shades the way. A really good trail for the area.

road biking
Sunday, March 13, 2011

Very scenic trails wildlife very nice

road biking
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