PETERSON, MINNESOTA –Eat, Laugh, Stay, Play, Enjoy!
Nestled in the bluffs of Southeastern MN in the heart of Historic Bluff Country, just across the bridge from National Scenic Byway 16, you will find the City of Peterson, Minnesota. Peter Peterson, the town father, must have settled here because of the Root River, fertile soil, breathtaking scenery, bountiful wildlife, great fishing, abundant trout streams, and few if any mosquitoes!
Use Peterson as your home base and canoe the Root River, bike and hike the Root River Trail, scout out the common birds (350) of our valley, visit the Peterson Fish Hatchery, and don’t forget to tour The Peterson Station Museum. Drive the Scenic Byway and watch eagles soar over the river, shop Historic Bluff Country and find a wide variety of treasures, discover the caves in Harmony and Forestville State Park, and take an Amish Tour.
Our city of 1 square mile boasts an RV campground, a historic inn, a lovely B&B, hotel suites/condos, a restaurant famous for homemade pies and soups, plus more! Many groups use our variety of accommodations to host reunions and retreats.
Don’t miss Peterson’s 34th annual Gammel Dag Fest (June 19, 20, 21, 2015), Taste of the Trail (September 12, 2015), or Christmas in Peterson (December 12, 2015). Along with Peterson’s local events, check out what is happening in nearby Rushford, Whalan, Lanesboro, Houston, and all 9 Root River Trail Towns.
Welcome to Peterson, MN and Southeastern MN Historic Bluff Country.
The Root River State Bike Trail segment between Whalan and Peterson, an 8.9-mile stretch, will have intermittent closures between May 1 and June 30 while 5 bridges are replaced. This same trail segment will be completely closed from July 27 to September 4 for repaving. 51 miles of paved trail will remain open for use—17.4 miles of trail east of Peterson or 33.6 miles west of Whalan. Ride the scenic Root River Trail this spring through the fall! Paddle the Root River by canoe or kayak.
Our family has been making trips to Peterson for the last seventeen years. We love the area and all the opportunity for outdoor activities. We snowshoe and hike in the winter and walk and bike in the spring and fall. Summertime we add in canoeing or kayaking. Last June we participated in Gammel Dag Days. It was so much fun we plan to go again this summer. This area is truly a hidden paradise that everyone should experience. There is something for everyone!
- Mary, Lindsay, Amy and Evy