Root River Park The 125 acres of Root River Park offer many secluded areas to sit and relax, or simply en- joy the outdoors. Root River Park is the perfect spot to have a family picnic. It has a restroom and plenty of space to roam, along with six picnic tables located near the parking lot. Six benches are located throughout the park near the lower hiking area. A 2 mile looped hiking trail winds through the meadows and wooded hills along Root River providing visitors with a variety of op- tions of beauty and natural history. A hike any time of the year promises to be a delight- ful experience. In 2007 Olmsted County added another Crown Jewel to its park system. These pho- tos represent some of the landscapes and scenery that the residents of Olmsted Coun- ty and their guests will enjoy for years to come when the property is developed. Fund- ing for this land was achieved through a co- operative agreement that included Olmsted County, the Trust for Public Land, the Min- nesota Department of Natural Resources, and private donations. While much work remains to be done, and additional acreage will need to be purchased, the greater public good will be well-served by the efforts to secure this beautiful parkland for future gen- erations. The land is in Pleasant Grove Township, located to the South and East of Rochester. The property, which is roughly 125 plus acres, lies next to State land and planners hope to develop the park to facilitate a con- nection to the adjoining State land, allowing citizens an even greater opportunity to enjoy this valuable region of Olmsted County. While it is premature to comment on the specific uses that the land will eventually facilitate, it is safe to say that a passive rec- reational theme will be an integral part of its development. Hiking, nature study, picnick- ing, fishing, and other contemplative, nature activities are available at this time. Pictured above is the 80’ by 60’ parking lot. Pictured is the kiosk with park rules posted. Pets must be leashed AT ALL TIMES and cleaned up after. They are not allowed outside the developed area. Please read pet signage carefully! Equestrian Permits are required for each mount, $6.00 daily or $30.00 annually. Permits are NOT transferable. Prior approval is required. Please call 328-7070 for more information.
The land features views of 90’ tall limestone bluffs (see picture to the left) carved from the land by glacial activity. On top of the bluffs, interspersed with the hardwood forest normal to this area, is a stand of native White Pine that is very unusual in Southeastern Minnesota. Looking through the branches of this Oak in early spring you can see part of the limestone exposed by the glacier. The flood plain next to the river is visible on the panoramic photo inside the brochure and it rises slowly to the west to make a pleasant vista as you enter the park. Nature at its Best! Olmsted County’s Root River Park ROOT RIVER PARK 4012 80th St SE Rochester, MN 55904 Located on 80th Street, approximately 2 miles south of Simpson, MN off of CSAH 1 (County State Aid Highway) in Pleasant Grove Township. A unique 125 acre park facility Simpson, Minnesota Open Year Round! Root River Treasures MISSION STATEMENT OLMSTED COUNTY PARKS The mission of Olmsted County Parks is to foster an appreciation of the natural world through environmental education, natural resource management, and public participa- tion in the stewardship of our park lands. This bridge below is a remnant of an earlier day when stagecoaches made their way through the land. The structure is made of native limestone from the site and unusual in construction compared to modern bridg- es. The bridge will need tuck-pointing and some foundation repair to preserve it for another century. It is a window back to a day when travel was slower and wild flow- ers were only a foot outside the door of the coach. Park Hours Open Daily: Daylight to 10:00 p.m. VISION Learning life-long lessons in natural places. For More Information Contact: Olmsted County Public Works 2122 Campus Drive SE, Ste 200 Rochester, MN 55904 507.328.7070 www.co.olmsted.mn.us/pw/parks/rootriverpark Created by: Olmsted County Public Works Staff Olmsted County Parks commitment is to Resource Management and Land Steward- ship. That commitment will ensure that eve- ry effort will be made to protect the natural treasures of the area as the land is developed for public use. Bicycles, recreational vehicles and camp- ing are prohibited in Root River Park. Form # 3680-03 4/22/2014