Houston

The eastern end of the Root River Trail can be found at Trailhead Park on West Plum Street in Houston. Surrounded by bluffs and bordered by the Root River, the Houston area offers an ideal setting for outdoor enthusiasts.

Trailhead Park showcases a wetland and levee planted in native grasses and flowers. You’ll also find a picnic shelter, picnic tables, and primitive walk-in campsites, and a natural playground. The trail center houses spotless restrooms and free showers and is home to the Houston Nature Center. The center is supplied with a variety of hands-on nature displays and offers free nature programs to the public. Maps and brochures are available at the Center, which serves as the official visitor information center for the area. Local shops and attractions invite you to stop by and explore.

Besides bicycling, area recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, canoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hiking, golf, horse trails, swimming, camping, and ranch/farm tours. You can also visit the International Owl Center featuring Alice the Great Horned Owl and other live owls.

When it comes to food, you can choose from authentic German food, coffees, smoothies, a monthly summer steak fry, bar and grill eats, pizza and subs. For lodging or camping, Houston has several choices: a motel, a bunkhouse, several campgrounds, and private cabins all either in or near the city.

Annual Houston events include the International Festival of Owls in early March, Root River Triathlon in May, City-wide Garage Sales in April and October, Bluegrass Festivals in May and August, Houston Hoedown Days in July, horse trail rides, a Craft Show and Fine Arts Festival in November and a visit from Santa in December.

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