Type: Rail Trail
Length: 20.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: A Railtrail connecting the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing in beautiful southeastern Minnesota.
Welch Station Access
26674 144th Avenue Way – Welch, MN 55089
From the Twin Cities– Take Hwy. 61 through Cottage Grove and take 316 out of Hastings. At 61 again, turn left and after a few miles take a right on County Road 7. Signs are posted. Follow Co. 7 straight into Welch. Welch Station Access is located about a quarter mile south past the village of Welch.
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 and 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.
Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 700
Elevation High Point: 815
Year Designated: 2018
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Cannon Valley Trail Joint Powers Board
825 Cannon River Avenue
Cannon Falls , MN 55009
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