Voices of the Valley

Voices of the Valley, a Cannon Valley Trail interpretive program is planned to assist a visitor’s understanding and exploration of the Cannon River Valley and also provides educational and entertaining programs for Trail users. 

Programs take place on Saturdays during the months of  May through September from 11am-1 pm  at Cannon Valley Trail Welch Station Access.   This location can be accessed by driving if you’d like to enjoy the events, but aren’t able to bike there. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and come to listen to the music. Social distancing will be observed and recommended.

Topics may include – Archeology, Geology, Native American Studies, Railroad History, Tree Talk, Wildflowers, or other Natural and Cultural programs.  

2022 Events

June 4 – CVT Open House

The Cannon Valley Trail invites you to ride the trail for FREE on June 4. We will be celebrating our annual open house.

In Tandem

Come to Welch Station Access between 11:00 & 2:00 to enjoy music by InTandem (Brenda Owens and Lee Mensinger).

Get your picture taken with an endangered Peregrine Falcon! Jackie Fallon, a naturalist from the Peregrine Falcon program will be on site with live birds and a display about raptors.

Enjoy some turkey samples donated by Ferndale Market.

Take the Cannon Valley Trail Challenge!

The Cannon Valley Trail is challenging you to bike 10, 20, 30 or 40 miles on Saturday June 4th The Challenge begins at the Bob O’Gorman Rest Area (corner of 2nd & Stoughton) in Cannon Falls.  Volunteers will be at the Bob O’Gorman Rest Area from 9am-Noon to help explain the challenge, but the challenge will be offered from sunrise to 10pm on June 4th.

The challenge is to bike 10, 20, 30 or 40 miles. 

  • 10 Mile Challenge:  Bike to Anderson Rest Area at Mile 4 and back to Bob O’Gorman Rest Area
  • 20 Mile Challenge:  Bike to Welch Station Access at Mile 10 and back to Bob O’Gorman Rest Area
  • 30 Mile Challenge:  Bike to Cannon Bottom Rd. Access at Mile 15.25 and back to Bob O’Gorman Rest Area
  • 40 Mile Challenge:  Bike to Old West Main Access at Mile 20 and back to Bob O’Gorman Rest Area

Once you have reached your destination, look for a ‘selfie’ picture frame to take your photo.   At each destination location there are maroon kiosks.  The ‘selfie’ picture frame will be hanging on the kiosk.  Don’t forget….you need to return to the Bob O’Gorman Rest Area for another ‘selfie’ with the frame stating you completed the challenge.

Cannon Valley Trail will also be celebrating an “Open House”, so Wheel Passes are not required for Saturday June 4th

Please post your ‘selfie’ photos on the Cannon Valley Trail’s Facebook page. #CVT

Schedule is subject to change and weather permitting

These events are held at the Welch Station access,a beautiful spot located 9.6 miles on the trail from Cannon Falls and very near to Welch.

The address is 26674 144th Avenue Way-Welch, MN. 55089.

Local musicians enjoy sharing their talents with you, sit and listen a while. Refreshments are donated by area businesses.

Everyone is invited to these events, not just bikers. Please note throughout the season some Voices of the Valley programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Everyone COME, and ENJOY! See you on the Trail!

We’d love to hear from you! 

If you have informational items or a talent you would like to share at Voices of the Valley. Contact the Brenda at cvtvoicesofvalley@gmail.com or call the trail office at 507-263-0508.