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-2pm  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.  

2020 Events!

Note: All 2020 Events are subject to change due to COVID Restrictions or unfavorable weather.

RW Naturalist

September 5

Red Wing Park Naturalist, Eric Aadalin of the Red Wing Naturalists program will be on site sharing information on animals, birds, and plants that near the Cannon Valley trail and handing out scavenger hung pages to take home.

Sept 12

Kressin Hartl of Cannon Falls will perform at Welch. Kressin has loved music for as long as she can remember. Writing music is also a passion of hers because it’s a great outlet for emotions when life or school become overwhelming. Hartl’s orginal song “one in a MIllion” was released earlier this year on multiple streatimg platforms (Apple Music, Spotifu, Amazon, IHeart Radio and YouTube – as Kressin Elise.

Sept 19

Local musical duo, InTandem with Brenda Owens of Cannon Falls and Lee Mensinger of Red Wing, will return to perform folk, blues and roots standards on guitars, banjo mandolin and ukuleles. InTandem has been performing for years in the Cannon Falls and Red Wing areas and have played many times on the trail in Welch.

Sept 26

Helen Forsythe will serenade folks at Welch Station Access. Forsythe was born and raised in Southern MN, playing the banjo and singing songs since she was 7 years old. Base in Northfield, MN, she is both a teacher and performer of fold and bluegrass banjo playing. You can check out her album “The Blue Above It” on BandCamp.

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!

Volunteers welcome!  If you have informational items or a talent you would like to share at Voices of the Valley. Contact the trail office at 507-263-0508 or @ info@cannonvalleytrail.com