Cannon Valley Trail


The Fall Colors are starting to appear along the Cannon Valley Trail


The Cannon Valley Trail is a 19.7 mile long trail that runs through diverse and spectacular scenery on a former Chicago Great Western Railroad line connecting the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing in beautiful southeastern Minnesota.

Paralleling the Cannon River, the Trail offers glimpses and panoramas of the valley and gradually descends 115 feet in elevation from Cannon Falls to Red Wing.  From overhanging cliffs to views of extensive wetland complexes, nature’s seasonal changes are vividly displayed.

The Trail is open year round for bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, similar wheeled recreational devices, hiking, walking and cross country skiing.  Trail users age 18 or older must have a valid Wheel Pass when using the trail from April 1st – November 1st.  The Great Minnesota Ski Pass is required to cross-country ski on the Cannon Valley Trail. 

From Rail to Trail

2017 Cannon Valley Trail Comprehensive Plan Update

The Cannon Valley Trail 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update was adopted by the Cannon Valley Trail Joint Powers Board on May 23rd, 2017.  The Comprehensive Plan, also known as a General Plan or a Master Plan, is a document designed to guide the future actions of the Cannon Valley Trail. It presents a vision for the future, with long-range goals and objectives for all activities that affect the Cannon Valley Trail.  You can view the plan here:

Appendix A – Public Comment     Appendix B – Online Survey     Appendix C – Engineering Report     Appendix D – Erosion Report     Appendix E – Capital Improvement Plan



Please, no pets on the Cannon Valley Trail! (Including those in baskets and trailers)