Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

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The Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail runs for 18 miles on a north–south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is mostly level, although a section just north of Harmony is relatively steep.

Part of the trail is built upon an old railroad right-of-way; the northern segment follows and crosses Watson Creek, the South Branch of the Root River and Camp Creek, passing through wooded areas and farmland. The southern portion leaves the railroad grade and climbs out of the river bottom to Harmony.

The Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail is popular with cyclists, hikers and inline skaters; cross-county skiing is popular during winter. The trail managers warn users not to leave valuables in their cars while enjoying the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

In Preston, take US 52 to Fillmore Street (CR 12) and go about 0.5 mile to the parking lot. In Harmony there are two places to park: take US 52 to 4th Street NW and go about 0.5 mile west to the parking lot. Alternatively, park at the tourist information center at the end of 2nd Street NW just off Main Street.


Worth the long drive.

   October, 2015 by gutwrencher

While I enjoyed the Root River trail from Lanesboro tut o Houston and back, It was anticlimactic or me. Yes....we were forced to miss the peak fall colors, but it was sunny but windy and cool....around 57. The best discovery was actually the Pedal Pushers ...read more

Excellent Variety of Scenery

   June, 2014 by shoreviewswede

I loved riding this trail. The northern portion near Preston follows the river, is mostly shaded, meanders and is an easy ride. The southern portion to Harmony is a little more challenging, zig-zags between crop field, is more open and has great vistas. The ...read more

Dennis Adam June 18, 2008

   January, 2009 by pbadam1512

I rode this trail on a warm summer day in June Beginning at Harmony. This trail is extremely hilly with many winding curves, and three very long steep hills you have to navigate until you reach the bottom at Preston valley. It might be better starting ...read more