Get new posts by email: Cannon Valley Trail will not share or sell your email to anyone. + Google Calendar + iCal Export. Rumor has it that it is very busy on weekends. This year the trail was full of cracks and tar patches and bad spots marked with paint. Turn left onto CR 86/280th St. E., and go 16.8 miles. 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.” There are multiple points of access to the trail from different areas in the City of Cannon Falls. A great fun and safe outing. For all the wandering and exploring you will want to do, keep your energy up with a meal at one of Red Wing’s many culinary options. Turn right onto Vermillion St., and in 0.4 mile, turn left onto MN 316 S./Red Wing Blvd. 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). The section of the trail from Welch to Red Wing is closed at this time because of damage to the trail caused by heavy rain and flooding on June 14-15, 2012. Uploaded: 8/20/2016. 10 reviews of Cannon Valley Trail "Great trail to bike, blade or walk. It's a good distance round trip, is high amenity, has interesting things to do on each end, and gives you a wonderful view of nature. Hill Road and go 0.1 mile. This was one of our top trails ever - smooth paved surface, beautiful scenery, lots of shade. 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. In addition to the crocks and jugs of Red Wing Stoneware, this town is also known for its sturdy work boots. This pass is required between April 1 and November 1 for recreationalists 18 years and older; pedestrians and wheelchair users are exempt from this requirement. Mile 1.6 - Prairie Trail lands contain dry prairie species such as big blue-stem, side oats gamma, pasque flower and state-threatened Kittentails. It's worth it in my opinion. Turn right onto County 7 Blvd., and go 2.7 miles. There’s 5 miles of red-grade trail here. In the spring, summer, and fall months, the trail is open to hiking, biking, and inline skating. Unlike most recreation trails in Minnesota, the Cannon Valley Trail has a staff on duty every day during the biking season. The trail ends in the town of Canon Valley, but as an extra bonus you can continue on the city trail, for another mile to the city park. from Hannah's Bend Park (Cannon Falls) to Old W. Main St. and Bench St. north of US 61 (Red Wing). So if you intend to go into Red Wing from the west or come out of Red Wing from the east, be forewarned and plan to do so before 3 or after 330. This is not a virtual tour of the CVT. This trail can become quite crowded on weekends, so week days are a good time to bike. Be sure to stop at Red Wing’s Historic Pottery Place, where eateries, shops and residences meet up in one outlet-type mall. Turn right onto CR 46/Pillsbury Ave., and go 1.8 miles. Can purchase there, or in advance on line. The scenery is great. The Cannon Valley Trail was dedicated on May 31, 1986, and the asphalt surfacing was completed in 1992. In this instance I can honestly say the $4 per person contribution was well worth it. 12. They had really nice cycling t-shirts for just $18 and were also giving away muffins and lemonade. If you continue beyond the trailhead, you can follow a paved trail through town, past the falls, to a parking lot and a grocery store. It's also well maintained and nice to have paved trails. We started in Red Wing and biked to Cannon. There's also several fast food joints nearby. Even a few years ago, they had a grouse that would routinely approach them on the Cannon Valley Trail and sit on their laps. I will not do this ride again, there are too many better rides out there. It's not uncommon to see large turtles sun bathing on the warm surface of the trail. Highly recommend! Lots of hard words and paralleled the river. The shaded portions saved us from the heat, and offered some beautiful scenery. For more information on the Cannon Valley Trail, visit our website www.cannonvalleytrail.com. Pros would be a view of the river, few road crossing and the trail is sheltered/shaded for 95% of the ride. Dec 12, 2020 - Scenic paved trail running along the Cannon River from Cannon Falls to Red Wing, Minnesota, ideal for rollerblading, biking and hiking. It is a re-purposed rail right-of-way, and costs $4 per rider. This paved bicycle and hiking trail is 19.7 miles of diverse and spectacular scenery. Lots of fun to race little finches! Turn left into the parking area. Photo by:caferacer42 Cannon Valley Wetlands. Cannon Falls is a little higher than Red Wing, but the difference in elevation isn't very noticeable. The trail is gorgeous. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/minnesota/cannon-valley-trail Randonnée. Trail attendants service the information booth on weekends April - October. The Ferndale Market is a must-see for anyone interested in local food and farms. Fall is particularly busy with autumnal colors attracting appreciative leaf peepers and you may need to make lodging reservations well in advance if you come at this time; there are fairly regularly scheduled events and attractions that draw crowds, however, so keep this in mind when planning your trip to Red Wing. 15 days ago. The Cannon Valley Trail has an ambitious 10 year capital improvement plan which includes widening the asphalt to 10 feet wide. For much of the way it parallels the Cannon River where you can check out the people tubing. This is a nice, pleasant trail but is in need of TLC. Anyone 18 and older must have a Wheel Pass between April 1 and Nov. 1 to use the trail for bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, hiking and walking. I would definitely recommend this trail. Easy trail - will a season pass 2016. Can purchase there, or in advance on line. For information on another great Minnesota trail, check out my post on the Cannon Valley Trail. About half way you can get your pass in Welch. Cannon Valley Trail spans 19.7 mi. I think my next trip will be during the week when the trail might be quieter, I love bringing a camera and observing the wildlife, which other than the eagle, I didn't see too much of. Recently did a round-trip on this trail in 90+ degree weather. 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 trail connects the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. 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. On the Red Wing end there is now another trail connection (Hay Creek or maybe it goes by some other name) that is about 13 miles RT long & is very scenic. The Cannon Valley Trail (CVT) winds through farmland, wetlands and nature preserves with access to rest areas, toilets, picnic tables and water fountains. The trail follows the Cannon River all the way from Cannon Falls, MN to Red Wing, MN. It was very well maintained will light traffic (we went in the evening). 22 mars 2020. This trail is quite scenic with it's many views of the river, and observation decks over looking grassy marshlands, once you leave Red Wing the trail turns to mostly wooded areas. Overall, we enjoyed the trip. Most notably about three quarters of the way to Red Wing from Cannon Falls. One of the nicest trails in Minnesota. Incredibly refreshing on a hot day! If you start in Red Wing or Welch and head to Cannon you will be grading up slightly. There's a great rest stop about mid-way, with water, restrooms, picnic tables, and access to a small town for food. Trail is in pretty good shape, narrow than most in the cities, but definitely worth the trip. I’d strongly recommend it. Trail is mostly level, with only a few minor grades. 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. Trail is mostly level, with only a few minor grades. Lots of friendly people, this seems to be a very popular trail. The Red Wing Shoe Company has been making shoes since 1905 and is still going strong today; you can visit their store and museum on Main Street to see the world’s largest boot, size 638 ½ D. While in Red Wing, make sure to enjoy time along the Mississippi River, whether you want to fish, swim, boat, walk or sit and watch the busy river activity. Restrooms are available in Cannon Falls, Anderson Memorial Rest Area, Welch Station, Old West Main Street access, and Bay Point Park in Red Wing. We will be back often. I rode this trail down and back with my wife on 8/2/2015. Very disappointing as we were hoping to reach the end of the CVT and hook up with the Hay Creek Trail. Photo by:thegolfballshop October 17 2015. So, not crowded. 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. 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, which follows a former railroad bed, sees about 100,000 visitors each year. I can't wait to do the trail this Fall! This trail is always worth doing although I try doing it during the week when there are fewer users. Cannon Falls has two motels, Caravan Motel and Saratoga Inn & Suites, both of which are located south of downtown. Cannon Valley Trail: Great Ride! Get directions, reviews and information for Cannon Valley Trail in Welch, MN. I usually start in Welch Village, so I've always got a "sag wagon" as I go out & back to both ends. Cannon Valley Trail was designated a National Recreational Trail earlier this year. Much better choices are available if you ride into Red Wing which also has some scenic trails along the Mississippi River. I've always loved this trail. Unfortunately, this trail is now in a pretty bad state of disrepair. Around that same time, the Minnesota Central began construction of a rail line from Waterville to Red Wing, beginning regular rail service by 1883. Cannon Valley Trail is fully open Walkers and bikers should continue to keep a six-foot distance. Paralleling the Cannon River, the trail offers glimpses and panoramas of the valley, descending 115 feet from Cannon Falls to Red Wing. I did then again contact CVT to suggest that maybe this should be an advisory on their website so you could check and see if they've posted something. Randonnée. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. The trail is extremely well maintained and during the summer season has plenty of rest stops along the way. The trail follows an abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway corridor for 20 miles (32 km) between Cannon Falls, Minnesota and Red Wing, Minnesota. It gradually descends 115 feet in elevation from Cannon Falls to Red Wing. Head east on County Road 2/Deuce Road, and go 0.8 mile. I recommend going this direction. It seems that whoever designed the detour did not take the trail crossing into account. It's mostly uphill towards Cannon, so if the wind isn't opposing you it will be almost a coast back to Welch. Stay & Bike the Cannon River Trail Spend the day biking on the Cannon Valley trail or the scenic river valley! Mile markers and rest stops. Read more. Photo by:thegolfballshop New rest area and fire pit. Fast, fun and purpose-built for year round use – the Carron Valley mountain bike trails are guaranteed to bring you back for more. Turn left at the McDonald’s, and then turn right onto N. Service Drive. Except for this, it's a great trail. The former Chicago Great Western corridor actually extends westward even farther to the city of Mankato. We then returned back to Cannon Falls. The scenic Cannon Valley Trail travels almost 20 miles between Cannon Falls and Red Wing. The trail was very busy to the point of being a nuisance. It has many amenities including a new rest area with a fire pit that is beautiful. The pavement is fairly smooth and fast with very few frost heave cracks. TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (a non-profit) and we need your support! This trail is perfect for a relaxing day trip. The trip back was quick and easy - we hadn't really noticed the uphill grade too much on the way out, but the downhill really helps when you're tired. Diverse and spectacular scenery define the trail that connects the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing in beautiful southeastern Minnesota. Mile 19.7 - Old West Main Access This is the end of the Cannon Valley Trail. 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. 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. Fast, fun and purpose-built for year round use – the Carron Valley mountain bike trails are guaranteed to bring you back for more. Close to the Twin Cities, easy to start from the Red Wing or Cannon Falls end, doable in one day. So our first experience of the trail was a screamingly steep downhill run, praying that we'd be able to stop our tandem if there was someone on the trail at the bottom. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. 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. Turn left onto US 61 S. and go 11 miles. May 15th 2020 - 7am. Closely follows the Cannon River, winding through a varied landscape of bluffs, valleys, prairies, forests, marshland & farmland. Even a few years ago, they had a grouse that would routinely approach them on the Cannon Valley Trail and sit on their laps. 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. Between here and the Welch Station Access at mile 9.6, you’ll have plenty of time to contemplate how the railroad and agriculture has shaped this region. Together the couple enjoy finding bald eagles and hawks out in the countryside. Trail is paved. Not many people ride it. Intrepid bikers can ride the trail both ways for a 40-mile ride. In follow up to my review about a road crossing issue, I contacted CVT staff and they reached out to the city of Red Wing and the response from the public works department was basically, no it was not a detour issue, but rather a standing pattern as several factories in town all end work between 3 and 330. Passes can be purchased at kiosks at major access points to the trail and at local businesses. In Red Wing, a city trail beginning several blocks east of the trailhead will take you south for about 2 miles to the northern trailhead of the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail. This designation is a formal recognition program for outstanding trails of local, regional and national significance. INTERACTIVE MAP. The Cannon Valley Trail is a paved rail trail that follows the Cannon River in southeast Minnesota.. Great rest area in Welsh. so we were glad we'd started in Red Wing. You'll find yourself crossing a number of wooden plank bridges, and as an extra treat there are off trail interpretive areas to explore telling about the history of the area. The Trail has 19.7 miles of paved surface that takes you through prairies and wood lands and offers splendid views of the Cannon River and bluffs between Cannon Falls and Red Wing. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. The Minnesota Central (locally known as the Cannon Valley Line) later became part of the Chicago Great Western (CGW), a “granger” railroad (Midwestern lines which derived a significant proportion of their revenue from agriculture) with an extensive system between Chicago, the Twin Cities, Omaha, and Kansas City. From Cannon Falls to Red Wing, the trail descends 115 feet in elevation, eventually reaching the Mississippi River Valley. great views, mostly shaded for warm sunny days, enjoyed being able to ride to old town Red Wing where there were multiple restaurant options for lunch. The Cannon Valley Trail ends at a parking lot off of Old W. Main Street. 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. This is biking in a gorgeous natural area with wildlife. Great mile markets and benches or picnic tables along the way. 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). The Cannon Valley Trail can be enjoyed as a day trip or as a weekend expedition. Head south on the bike path to cross the river and turn north when the trail intersects N. 3rd Street. Ask the Community. The first rest stop (Anderson Rest Area) is at mile 3.6 just before the CVT crosses over Trail Run Creek. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . The trail follows along side the Canon Valley River the majority of the way, for approximately 19.7 miles. The Cannon Valley Trail Joint Powers Board made the ‘no pets’ decision 32 years ago due to safety reasons. In 0.2 mile, after crossing Cannon River, turn left onto Water St. Voices of the Valley, a Cannon Valley Trail interpretive program is planned to assist a visitor’s understanding and exploration of the Cannon River Valley and also provides educational and entertaining programs for Trail users.. Programs take place on Saturdays during the months of May through September from 11am-2pm at Cannon Valley Trail Welch Station Access. You can also combine biking with canoeing to double your fun. We mistakenly thought the trail went along a busy road at first, so we started at the park, and the upper area at that. Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. Once we were on the actual trail, it was lovely. Cooper, along with her husband Ryan, is a bit of a bird enthusiast. It's a very festive atmosphere. This is not a virtual tour of the CVT. We rode from the trail Cannon Falls to Welch in late June and enjoyed it. My son and I have been picking a new trail to try every week. 165. This 20-mile trail is well maintained (paved), and passes along the Cannon River through forest and field. There is lots of shade and wild flowers such as phlox and roses. 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. "This exemplifies Minnesota's best trails, adhering closely to water routes, incorporating forests, fields, and marshlands, and avoiding climbs that might tax your pacemaker. Carron Valley reservoir is … 10 Reviews (507) 263-0508 Website. You should get a chance to see varied wildlife, bird species, and, if you're so inclined, some great mushrooms. I didn't mind the slight uphill, it was a bit breezy as well but still pretty easy going. Can purchase there, or in advance on line Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! 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. Head east on 162nd St. W./CR 46, and go 19.6 miles. My one word of warning: if you're starting from Red Wing, start in town, not at the Anderson park access. The CVT crosses a country road, Sunset Trail, just over a mile beyond the rest area and soon after passes on the southern edge of the River Terrace Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, one of the state’s rare gravel prairie communities. And in Cannon Falls there are swans and ducks. Had lunch at Mill Street Tavern. Started in Welch and road to Cannon Falls. I started at Red Wing and rode to Cannon Falls. It ends in the small village of Hay Creek which is mostly a bar & campground. Join our Mailing List. In the spring, summer, and fall months, the trail is open to hiking, biking, and inline skating. You may also want to take a river excursion with Rusty’s Red Wing River Rides, a fun way to view the bald eagles that nest along the river banks (according to Rusty’s website, there are currently 21 active nests within five miles of their dock at Levee Park). Well maintained, flat trail, paved. There’s 5 miles of red-grade trail here. The scenery is incredible, you can see how the river has carved an ever changing path through the valley. Stay to the north and you will find 1.5 miles of trial which ends at the Old West Main Access. It was a little over 20 miles roundtrip. Once at Redwing, you can also stop for a bite to eat at Applebees (which we did). It is a favorite of mine, but we had not ridden it yet this season. 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. View amenities, descriptions, reviews, photos, itineraries, and … Enjoy the Cannon Valley Trail? Dad and son walked part of the trail and fed the ducks. Hotels near Cannon Valley Trail, Cannon Falls on Tripadvisor: Find 4,720 traveller reviews, 350 candid photos, and prices for 143 hotels near Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls, MN. On the Cannon Valley Trail, Twin Citizens travel an hour south to escape from the crowded urban trails of Minneapolis to the quieter multipurpose trails of Cannon Falls, Welch, and Red Wing. 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. Theme by Out the Box. Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River, Red Wing is a relatively small city with big-time charm. One lovely, sunny afternoon, after errands and such, we decided to go for a bike ride. The trail start is just in front of Econofoods on HWY 19. I rode the canon Valley Trail on June 17th 2008 with my recumbent trike, it was a weekday, so I pretty much had the trail to myself except for a few bikers I passed along the way. A few business in town sell passes. S./US 61, and go 2.4 miles. NO PETS ALLOWED ON THE CANNON VALLEY TRAIL. Get new posts by email: Cannon Valley Trail will not share or sell your email to anyone. About 20 miles round trip. Cannon Valley Trail 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. Trail is mostly level, with only a few minor grades. The Cannon Valley Trail was dedicated on May 31, 1986, and the asphalt surfacing was completed in 1992. From Cannon Falls to Welch, it is a lot of slight downhill (keep in mind if you plan on returning back). Turn left onto Dakota St. W., and take the first right onto N. Third St. May 15th 2020 - 7am. Photo by:caferacer42 A Cathedral of Trees. 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. I found this trail to be most enjoyable, and would highly recommend this ride to anyone. Trail is mostly level, with only a few minor grades. We accessed the trail at the Welsh point and went east towards red wing. Trail accesses can be found in Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing. To reach the eastern trailhead in Red Wing, take I-494 to Exit 63B. Cooper, along with her husband Ryan, is a bit of a bird enthusiast. 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.) Cannon Valley Trail: Excellent ride. Some areas it’s smooth, other areas it is bumpy or lots of patches. There are also several chain motels/hotels off of the highway near Pottery Place. Our ride was less than 700ft of elevation for a 50+ mile ride if you go down the Hayward trail as well (which was smoother than the CVT). Surprisingly, this trail was our first encounter with trail day fees. Hearing bird songs, seeing deer, squirrels, butterflies, caterpillars, and yes, a few harmless, small, snakes. At the almost-halfway point, you can stop off in Welch for a pit stop. Mile markers and rest stops. Wonderful trail covering 7.2 miles. 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. It is a favorite of mine, but we had not ridden it yet this season. The reason i did not give a 5 is because the asphalt trail itself is inconsistent. Access to Red Wing’s Anderson Park, also a trail parking area, is 1.5 miles before the western trail terminus of the CVT. One-half mile farther is Red Wing Brewery, opened in 1951 as the first brewery in town. A great fun and safe outing. Ride 1/4 mile to the tiny town of Welch for an ice cream cone or even an impulsive tubing trip on the Cannon River. 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. Lots of ruts & broken cracked pavement. For now, keep in mind that the upright concrete posts you may see along the CVT are old railroad indicators of mileage from Mankato. 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. A Brief History. The Cannon Valley Trail is a paved rail trail that follows the Cannon River in southeast Minnesota. 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. The first 5 miles are flat and are perfect for cranking up your gears and getting your heart pumping. 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