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Whalan/Highland area


Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Whalan, with a population of about 90, is one of the smaller towns on the trail, though one of the most memorable. The town provides excellent access to the Root River State Trail and nearby recreational activities. Situated at the midway point between Fountain and Rushford on the Root River Trail, Whalan affords the biker and hiker with green areas that are ideal for picnicking or as resting spots before continuing on one's journey.

Whalan is home to the famous Stand Still Parade, held annually in May.

One of the more well known trout streams in Southeast Minnesota runs a few miles out of Whalan along Gribben Valley. A beautiful drive along this valley takes one to the town of Highland. Once a major stagecoach stop for travel among cities in the area, historic Highland serves as an agricultural gathering point for farmers in the area. The Highland Store, a 100 year old general store, carries everything from groceries to nuts and bolts.

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