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. Go to Winter Use of the Trail for more information on winter usage.
Cannon Valley Trail Designated as a National Recreational Trail
CANNON FALLS, Minn. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has designated the Cannon Valley Trail in southeastern Minnesota as a national recreation trail.
The Cannon Valley Trail is one of 19 newly designated national recreation trails in 17 states announced Wednesday. Zinke says the designations recognize the efforts of local communities to provide outdoor recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed by everyone. The announcement adds more than 370 miles to the National Recreation Trails system of more than 1,000 pathways.
The 19.7-mile Cannon Valley Trail opened in 1986. It runs through diverse and spectacular scenery along an old rail bed along the Cannon River, connecting the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing. It’s open year-round for hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, and cross-country skiing. It attracts close to 100,000 visits per year.
“The great state of Minnesota is home to an incredibly vast landscape of nature—countless lakes, trails, rivers and native trees and forests define the Land of 10,000 Lakes,” said Congressman Tom Emmer. “Thanks to Secretary Zinke, whose designation of the beautiful Cannon Valley Trail as a national recreation trail is great news for all Minnesotans who appreciate this attraction year-round, sunshine or snow for everything from hiking to cross-country skiing.”
Visit https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-19-new-national-recreation-trails-17-states for complete article and list of other trails designated.
Use of Electric Assist Devices on the Cannon Valley Trail
The Cannon Valley Trail has adopted a OPDMD (other power driven mobility devices) policy for those individuals choosing to use an electric assist bike or a mobility device as a substitute for walking.
Please read our OPDMD Policy (other power-driven mobility device) for trail regulations and limitations.
Wi-Fi now available at Welch Station Access!!
Wi-Fi service was installed at the Welch Station Access over the winter.
We hope this service will help you stay in contact with others and have better access to weather and emergency notifications.
Please note that internet/telephone service is spotty along the Cannon Valley Trail due to a number of ‘dead’ zones.