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.
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:
The Cannon Valley Trail has been accepted as part of National Geographic’s Geotourism – Mississippi River project. Geotourism is a growing trend across the world and encompasses Places To Go, Where To Stay, and Things To Do along the entire length of the Mississippi River.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO TV) — “It was another steamy day in Cannon Falls as Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello headed out for this week’s Goin’ To The Lake trip.”
A Romantic Way To Ride – “The Cannon Valley Trail runs for 20 miles between Cannon Falls and RedWing. It’s very popular for hiking, biking and rollerblading, so Frank and Amelia decided to check it out on a bicycle built for two. You need a “Wheel Pass” to use the trail; it costs $4. In the winter, you can cross country ski on the trail.”