The Cannon Valley Trail annual open house will be held Saturday, June 3, which is also National Trials Day. Everyone can ride the trail free all day. Special events will be held at Welch Station Access from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Get a chance to win a Cannon Valley T-shirt by participating in the first annual Cannon Valley Trail Scavenger hunt along the trail between Cannon Falls and Welch Station Access. Have fun and learn more about the trail by finding ecological items and landmarks you will find along the way between mile markers 0 at Cannon Falls and mile 9.8 at Welch station. Entry forms can be picked up at the Welch or Cannon Falls pay stations or you can print the form online at to be entered in the drawing for the T-shirt.

Entries can be submitted with the trail attendants at Welch or Cannon Falls or emailed to The deadline for entries and photos is noon Monday June 4. The winner of the best photo contest will also receive a CVT T-shirt.

Enjoy music by Flatt & Square, a fun band from Red Wing who play a mix of bluegrass, old-timey, old country, folk and Celtic songs and fiddle tunes. 

Free turkey samples will be provided courtesy of Ferndale Market.

National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June recognizes all the incredible benefits federal, state and local trails provide for recreation and exposure to nature. Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of services the trails systems offer. The day encourages people to discover their local trials, become active concerning trail issues, and share their excitement for the outdoors. National Trails Day is also an opportunity to thank the many volunteers, land agencies, trail developers, park employees and rangers for their help in developing and maintaining the trails.

Voices of the Valley is a Cannon Valley Trail interpretive program created to provide educational and entertaining programs for Trail users. Events take place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 2:00 June through September at the Cannon Valley Trail Welch Station Access, midway between Cannon Falls and Red Wing. Welch Station picnic area can be accessed by bicycle or by driving. All events are weather permitting. June Voices of the Valley events include:

  • June 10 – Helen Forsythe, banjo and vocals
  • June 17 – Patti and the Reeds Irish trio
  • June 24 – Lee Mensinger, guitar and vocals

For more info on upcoming events, visit the Cannon Valley Trail website at

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