Trail Snow Report

Root River State Trail

Trail conditions:

Ski trails have not been groomed, but some of the snowmobile trails have been. the trail is shared in some spots so be kind to the other users

Trail conditions: fair
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 4"
Trail mileage: 25.0
Difficulty: beginner (track)  
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? unknown
Trail base: 4"
Trail mileage: 0.0

The trail(s):
Constructed on an abandoned railroad, the trail is generally level. However, the eastern segment between Vinegar Ridge and Houston is more challenging than the western segment with a rather steep, half-mile segment that may not be suitable for all users.Cross-country skiing is popular on this trail in the winter. All 42 miles of the trail are groomed for skiing in the winter. There are 25 miles of set track between Fountain and Preston; the rest of the trail is flat-packed. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski on this trail.There is no snowmobiling on the trail, although the trail does briefly intersect with the Fillmore and Houston county Grant-in-Aid (GIA) trail system, which provides many miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the area.


  • There is a trail center located in Lanesboro that sell ski passes.
  • Ski rentals available at the Little River General Store in Lanesboro and the Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan.

Last updated on December 13, 2018. Local snow depth is 4".

Getting there

Box 376 100 Milwaukee Road Lanesboro, MN 55949

The trail can be accessed in the towns of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and Houston.

Parking is available in each town.


Phone: (507) 467-2552
Email: [email protected]
Contact hours vary.

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