Voices of the Valley

Cannon Valley Trail to Host First Open House on National Trails Day

June 1, 2019   

Welch Station Access

Everyone is invited to the Cannon Valley Trail on Saturday, June 1 for National Trails Day!  Held annually on the first Saturday of June, National Trails Day encourages the public to engage with their local trail through recreational opportunities or through community service to clean-up projects. 

For the first time, the Cannon Valley Trail is offering free wheel passes to enjoy a day on the trail.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the trail with friends and family from Cannon Falls to Red Wing!


As part of the open house, come to the Welch Access Station, located at 26674 144th Avenue Way in Welch, to see the #OnlyinMN Monument!  The 40 foot long monument offers a great opportunity for photos as well as celebrating tourism in Minnesota.  It will be available for viewing from June 1 through June 21.  After taking your photo, enjoy some pie samples from Stockholm Pie’s Pie Plate Café & Coffee.

Photo Contest – June 1

The Cannon Valley Trail will also be hosting a photo contest via Facebook and Instagram for National Trails Day!  Take a picture along the trail with others or of the spectacular scenery and then upload it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags, #cannonvalleytrail and #nationaltrailsday on June 1 to be entered into the contest.  The winning entry will receive a Sturdiwheat gift basket, courtesy of the Cannon Valley Trail, and could be used in future promotional efforts. Click here for complete Photo Contest Rules and Regulations.


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 normally on the first and third Saturdays during the months of  May through September from 11am-2pm     Topics may include – Archeology, Geology, Native American Studies, Railroad History, Tree Talk, Wildflowers, or other Natural and Cultural programs.  

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!

Schedule is subject to change and weather permitting

Volunteers welcome!  If you have informational items or a talent you would like to share at Voices of the Valley. Contact Dustin @ 507-369-4146 or @ cvtvoicesofvalley@gmail.com.