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Cannon Valley Trail is open

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.

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, hiking and walking, and similar wheeled recreational devices. Trail users age 18 or older must have a valid Wheel Pass when using the trail between April and November. During the snow season, cross-country skiing is a common trail activity. The Great Minnesota Ski Pass is required to cross-country ski on the Cannon Valley Trail.

Trail Events for May:

May 14, Lee Mensinger, popular guitar player and singer will entertain on the trail 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 21, Detloff Bordhauser, a favorite will entertain us with his accordion music and German attire.

We are grateful for the continuing support of all these people for this year and for past years. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy themselves. These events are open to everyone. Events are scheduled from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. The events are held at the Welch site.