Get directions, reviews and information for Cannon Valley Trail in Welch, MN. INTERACTIVE MAP. I usually start in Welch Village, so I've always got a "sag wagon" as I go out & back to both ends. Also, at the Red Wing end you can keep going on city trails to Levee park on the Mississippi River--this adds another 5 miles RT. The trail fee at least keeps up basic maintenance such as mowing, blowing, cutting fallen branches, etc. It was good and had some variety. 12. About 100,000 people use the Cannon Valley Trail each year and with only an 8 foot wide asphalt path - bike accidents are more likely to occur. Can purchase there, or in advance on line Even a few years ago, they had a grouse that would routinely approach them on the Cannon Valley Trail and sit on their laps. We attempted to rent a bike for my 10-year-old. […] Rail enthusiasts may want to bike to Levee Park to see the Red Wingdepot(circa 1904) that is still in use today by Amtrak and the Red Wing Visitors and Convention Bureau. Running from Cannon Falls to Red Wing, with a nice half way point in Welch, this trail is easy to customize your ride-where you want to start/finish, how long/far you’d like to ride, etc. If you ride anything with wheels, you need to pay a fee. It was a little over 20 miles roundtrip. I was excited to go and ride on the CVT with my new electric bike. Just a block or two off of Main Street in the historic district is the Staghead Gastropub, a full-service restaurant, several restaurants at St. James Hotel and Red Wing’s oldest restaurant, Bev’s Café. A Brief History. Even a few years ago, they had a grouse that would routinely approach them on the Cannon Valley Trail and sit on their laps. Cannon Falls has two motels, Caravan Motel and Saratoga Inn & Suites, both of which are located south of downtown. Hill Road and go 0.1 mile. It was very well maintained will light traffic (we went in the evening). Back on the trail, the CVT crosses Belle Creek (mile 11.1) and enters another scientific area, the Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA. From Cannon Falls to Welch, it is a lot of slight downhill (keep in mind if you plan on returning back). Cannon Valley Trail is a 20.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cannon Falls, Minnesota that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The valleys surrounding Cannon Falls have a strong agricultural heritage, of which you’ll see evidence along the CVT. In such case, the Cannon Valley Trail may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the Cannon Valley Trail. 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. https://www.mapquest.com/us/minnesota/cannon-valley-trail-7101938 The Cannon Valley Trail can be enjoyed as a day trip or as a weekend expedition. A few business in town sell passes. Trail is mostly level, with only a few minor grades. The trail, which follows a former railroad bed, sees about 100,000 visitors each year. TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (a non-profit) and we need your support! Between that city and Faribault, the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is open on the former rail line for recreational use. Restrooms are available in Cannon Falls, Anderson Memorial Rest Area, Welch Station, Old West Main Street access, and Bay Point Park in Red Wing. NO PETS ALLOWED ON THE CANNON VALLEY TRAIL. Following partial closure to allow for reconstruction of some bridges, the entire Cannon Valley Trail between Red Wing and Cannon Falls is now open for foot and bicycle traffic. Photo by:caferacer42 Cannon Valley Wetlands. Each building has a story and history enthusiasts can stop in at the Chamber of Commerce to pick-up a self-guided historic walking tour booklet with map. Spanning nearly 20 picturesque miles between Red Wing and Cannon Falls, the Cannon Valley trail features panoramic views of the Mississippi River Valley, The Cannon River Turtle Preserve and multiple archaeological sites. It was pleasant riding even on a hot day because of the shade from trees along the trail. The western trail terminus is in Cannon Falls at the confluence of the little and big Cannon Rivers. The northern trailhead connects with Red Wing's city trails, as well as the Cannon Valley Trail, a 19.7 mile trail that connects Red Wing to Cannon Falls. Mile markers and rest stops. The former Chicago Great Western corridor actually extends westward even farther to the city of Mankato and at some point in the future, trail users will be able to travel from Red Wing to Mankato on an uninterrupted series of rail-trails; watch for a connection between the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail (between Mankato and Faribault) and the planned Mill Towns Trail (to fill-in the gap between Faribault and Cannon Falls). Continue straight on Hastings Blvd. The trail is mostly flat and straight which gets quite boring. The Cannon Valley Trail office is right off the trail at 825 Cannon River Avenue and there is also parking just east of the CVT office at the Cannon Falls Softball Fields. The trail is gently rolling, with lots of shade and scenic river views, and only a couple of cornfields. Was a nice paved trail. It made for an easy 20 mile return. Turn left onto CR 86/280th St. E., and go 16.8 miles. There are multiple points of access to the trail from different areas in the City of Cannon Falls. We went early (on the trail by 9:30am). The trail follows along side the Canon Valley River the majority of the way, for approximately 19.7 miles. Passes can be purchased at kiosks at major access points to the trail and at local businesses; pedestrians and wheelchair users are exempt. I am not sure what they are doing with everyone's $5 as both trail heads were a very rough ride. Randonnée. Paralleling the Cannon River, the trail offers glimpses and panoramas of the valley, descending 115 feet from Cannon Falls to Red Wing. I was excited to go and ride on the CVT with my new electric bike. There's also several fast food joints nearby. There are great stretches, but there are sadly several terrible stretches. The towns of Cannon Falls and Red Wing along with Goodhue County jointly manage the CVT and require trail-users to purchase a Wheel Pass to help pay for this maintenance. A $5 trail pass is required. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. 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. Some areas it’s smooth, other areas it is bumpy or lots of patches. Wheel Pass required for persons 18 and over, can be purchased at trailside stations or local businesses. One-half mile farther is Red Wing Brewery, opened in 1951 as the first brewery in town. This out-and-back 5 mile route starts at the Cannon Falls City Trailhead and goes east on the Cannon Valley Trail to near 82nd Avenue Way, near trail marker 2. Now, about the trail. In addition to the crocks and jugs of Red Wing Stoneware, this town is also known for its sturdy work boots. Fast, fun and purpose-built for year round use – the Carron Valley mountain bike trails are guaranteed to bring you back for more. About 100,000 people use the Cannon Valley Trail each year and with only an 8 foot wide asphalt path - bike accidents are more likely to occur. Anticipate road crossings and increased vehicle traffic as you enter town. 15 days ago. Paralleling the Cannon River, the Trail offers glimpses and panoramas of the valley. Let it rip! so we were glad we'd started in Red Wing. Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. Paralleling the Cannon River, the Trail offers glimpses and panoramas of the valley. Along with experiencing nature from Cannon Falls to Red Wing those on the trail can participate in cultural events held throughout the summer titled “voiced of the valley.” Photo by:thegolfballshop New rest area and fire pit. July 1, 2019 at 6:11 pm . This trail is always worth doing although I try doing it during the week when there are fewer users. The Cannon Valley Trail, which stretches nearly 20 miles from Red Wing to Cannon Falls, is one of the assets that makes Red Wing a destination year-round. Nice flat, easy grade makes this an easy ride for any level of biker. Mile markers and rest stops. The Cannon Falls Campground is closer to the CVT itself, just 1.5 miles east of the trail terminus (there is also camping at Lake Byllesby Campground, 3.5 miles west of town). I rode this trail down and back with my wife on 8/2/2015. A 20-mile paved recreational rail trail between Cannon Falls and Red Wing for biking, hiking, in-line skating and cross country skiing. Facebook or Instagram: The Contest hosted by the Cannon Valley Trail is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. This is a trail you have to ride and the current $4.00 fee is well worth it (MN DNR does not maintain so Red Wing & Cannon Falls use fee money to maintain trail). Consider adding the 1.7 mile city street ride into downtown Red Wing - quaint river city. Carlyn Cooper, a Cannon Falls resident and teacher, has driven through Goodwin Avenue more times than she can count. The Cannon Valley Trail (CVT) is a “rails to trails” bike path near Cannon Falls, Minnesota. There's a great rest stop about mid-way, with water, restrooms, picnic tables, and access to a small town for food. To reach the eastern trailhead in Red Wing, take I-494 to Exit 63B. Rumor has it that it is very busy on weekends. Here you can rent tubes, canoes or kayaks at Welch Mill Canoeing & Tubing and have a meal, or just an ice cream cone, at the Trout Stream Café. The pavement is fairly smooth and fast with very few frost heave cracks. We started in Cannon Falls. There are also several chain motels/hotels off of the highway near Pottery Place. Multiple access points. We wound up just turning around as we were not about to put ourselves into oblivious traffic. The Cannon Valley Trail is hands down my favorite trail to bike! The southern segment of the trail features 4.5 miles of paved trail , and is used by hikers in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter. And in Cannon Falls there are swans and ducks. Around that same time, the Minnesota Central began construction of a rail line from Waterville to Red Wing, beginning regular rail service by 1883. Photo by:thegolfballshop October 17 2015. May 15th 2020 - 7am. There are also pay stations along the trail and sometimes people set up to sell you a pass. A great fun and safe outing. I recommend going this direction. They had a very nice rest area and very friendly people. They had really nice cycling t-shirts for just $18 and were also giving away muffins and lemonade. Trail is in pretty good shape, narrow than most in the cities, but definitely worth the trip. Recently did a round-trip on this trail in 90+ degree weather. Turn right onto Vermillion St., and in 0.4 mile, turn left onto MN 316 S./Red Wing Blvd. The Pottery Museum is here as well, honoring the Red Wing pottery industry (beginning in 1877) which flourished here thanks to abundant local clay deposits. In 0.1 mile turn left onto Stoughton St. E. and then onto Cannon River Ave. After 0.5 mile, turn right to go behind the city wastewater treatment facility to the city softball fields. The trail head at Welch could definatly use some upgrades such as the rest rooms which probably go back 30-40 years. Wheel Pass required for persons 18 and over, can be purchased at trailside stations or local businesses. Multiple access points. The Cannon Valley Trail office is right off the trail at 825 Cannon River Avenue and there is also parking just east of the CVT office at the Cannon Falls Softball Fields. The trail runs parallel to the Cannon River, offering views of the river valley, wetland complexes and seasonal changes. Just a hint of the town’s major activities: the annual July music Red Wing Roots Festival, Red Wing’s largest summer festival, River City Days; the juried art festival each October, Fall Festival of the Arts; and, for pottery collectors, the Red Wing Collectors Society Convention. A great fun and safe outing. The Cannon Valley Trail, which became a National Recreation Trail in 2018, links the southeastern Minnesota communities of Red Wing, Welch, and Cannon Falls along the former route of the Chicago Great Western Railway line that once ran through the valley. Uploaded: 8/9/2015. Imagine grist mills up and down the valleypowered by the river and establishing the Cannon Valley Mills, by the mid-19th century, as the state’s first flour milling center. You go slightly up hill all the way to Cannon Falls and then back down hill coming back. Trail was smooth and beautiful! Turn left onto MN 316 S./Red Wing Blvd., and travel 9.8 miles. It's worth it in my opinion. Be sure to stop at Red Wing’s Historic Pottery Place, where eateries, shops and residences meet up in one outlet-type mall. They offer tours April through October. Please start spending some of that cash you collect! It gradually descends 115 feet in elevation from Cannon Falls to Red Wing. The Cannon Valley Trail is a popular spot for residents and visitors to spend time biking or hiking any number of the 18 miles between Cannon Falls and Red Wing. The scenery is great. The Cannon Valley Trail Joint Powers Board made the ‘no pets’ decision 32 years ago due to safety reasons. We went early (on the trail by 9:30am). There's a short run available that takes about an hour. Marshall Memorial rest area at Belle Creek is one of our favorites. A $5 trail pass is required. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. Gorgeous scenery from prairie flowers, forested areas, and of course the river! Read more. Cooper, along with her husband Ryan, is a bit of a bird enthusiast. For a number of years, this has been one of my favorite trails in Minnesota. Lots of ruts & broken cracked pavement. Join our Mailing List. The first 5 miles are flat and are perfect for cranking up your gears and getting your heart pumping. From Cannon Falls to Red Wing, the trail descends 115 feet in elevation, eventually reaching the Mississippi River Valley. Can purchase there, or in advance on line. Together the couple enjoy finding bald eagles and hawks out in the countryside. Easy trail - will a season pass 2016. There are several notable stops along the Cannon Valley Trail, including a prairie dotted with late-summer wildflowers (mile marker 1.6), a scenic overlook perched 40 feet above the Cannon River (mile 2.6), the Cannon River Turtle Preserve Scientific and Natural Area just downstream from Welch (mile 12.3), and a wetland observation deck (mile 15.8). (Example: tandem bikes require two passes if two adults are operating.) 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