Across the southern region, where Fairmont and 9 other communities make up Martin County, you will find a variety of activities and landscapes. Quiet streams wind their way through scenic valleys nestled among tall, wooded bluffs and lakes spill their beauty for miles before giving way to rich farmland. Here and there are patches of prairie, remnants of the grasslands that once blanketed this land.
The spirit and traditions of the Dakota Indians and early pioneers are recalled at numerous historic sites. Among the southern-most Minnesota counties, communities are known for their antique shops, historic architecture and ethnic festivals. Trout streams, fishing lakes, rivers and bike trails provide outdoor fun.