Historic Bluff Country
National Scenic Byway
A Link from Then to Now
Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway links together some of the most scenic, historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources in the area. Traveling through the small towns and quaint communities along the byway, visitors find attractions that include restaurants, art galleries, theaters, antique shops, historic homes and sites, state parks, and lodging opportunities from B&B’s to motels to camping. Visitors also encounter a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including canoeing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and trout fishing. The Root River offers water-related recreation while the Root River and Harmony-Preston Valley State Trails offer miles of trail for a variety of users.
Three state parks and an extensive state forest reside within Historic Bluff Country, offering a diverse number of activities and experiences. Additionally, interpretive centers like the Eagle Bluff Learning Center, Houston Nature Center, Rushford Southeastern Minnesota Railroad Museum, and Peterson Depot Museum provide educational opportunities related to the surrounding landscape and wildlife, as well as the history of the area.