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Cannon Valley Trail, Cannon Falls

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Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
The Cannon Valley Trail is a paved rail trail that follows the Cannon River in southeast Minnesota.

The trail follows an abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway corridor for 20 miles (32 km) between Cannon Falls, Minnesota and Red Wing, Minnesota. In the spring, summer, and fall months, the trail is open to hiking, biking, and inline skating. In the winter months, the trail is groomed for cross-country skiing.
Local private citizens purchased the railroad roadbed for a recreational trail in 1983 following the C&NWs (the successor to the CGW) decision to abandon the line. The trail is managed by a joint powers board consisting of representatives from Cannon Falls, Red Wing and Goodhue County, Minnesota.

Points of interest on the trail include the Cannon River, wildlife management areas, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) mountain-bike trail, Welch Village ski area, and the Red Wing archaeological preserve.

The Cannon Valley Trail contains milepost markers installed by CGW, which indicate the distance from Mankato — the railroad's original western terminus.

A visit to Cannon Valley Trail represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cannon Falls route planning website to plot your vacation.
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  • One of the best biking trails in Minnesota and not too far from the Twin Cities. I like to park at the midway point in Welch and bike out and back to either Cannon Falls or Red Wing. This makes for...  more »
  • It's always a good trip to ride on the Cannon Valley Trail. We enjoy biking there and recommend it to others. It's scenic and nicely paved.  more »
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