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Highway 16 is a popular motorcycle destination and makes up the backbone of this southern Minnesota route. From the tall bluffs along the Mississippi River to the western rolling farmlands, this slice of the country offers a wide variety of riding possibilities.  The road sections that follow the Root River are both curvy and scenic with hills on one side and the river on the other. The areas closer to the Mississippi River offer more dramatic views and deeper valleys.  In addition to the great roads, there are many parks, museums, and historic sites along this route. One of our favorites is Magelsson Bluff Park near Rushford.  If Highway 16 is on your bucket list (and it should be), then the Highway 16 Route is a great way to experience it. You get to ride Highway 16 and so much more.


Approximate Mileage:  230 Miles

Estimated Riding Time:  5.75 Hours

Road Surface:  Paved



  • Lanesboro:  Bluffscape Amish Tours, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

  • Preston:  Forestville State Park, Historic Forestville, Preston Station Museum, National Trout Center, Fillmore County Courthouse

  • Rushford:  Depot Museum, Magelsson Bluff Park

  • Hokah:  Como Falls Park

  • Houston:  International Owl Center

  • Spring Valley:  Mystery Cave State Park

  • Wykoff:  Eds Museum

  • Fountain:  Fillmore County Historical Center

  • Money Creek:  Money Creek Haven

  • La Crescent:  Hoch Orchard


A Paper Map is available for this route.

Motorcycle Rides, LaCrescent, Brownsville, Houston, Money Creek, Rushford, Preston, Wykoff, Chatfield

Highway 16 Route

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.

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