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Canon Valley Bicycle Trail

The Cannon Valley Bicycle Trail is a 20 mile paved trail built along the banks of the Cannon River, in the bed of the former Chicago Great Western Railroad line. which connects the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch, and Red Wing in southerneastern Minnesota in the United States.

The 20 mile Cannon Valley Trail was dedicated in May of 1986, 3 years after the railroad line it replaces was formally abandoned. It is used by cyclists, inline skaters, hikers, and cross country skiers. The trail follows the Cannon River and it winds through forests, meadows, farmland, and marshy areas. NOTE: Adults over age 18 must have a trail pass in their possesion while they are using the trail.

Clickable Trail Map with Photos of the Trail
This general introduction to the Cannon Valley Trail includes a small trailmap. Select the green dots on the trail map to see pictures of different sections of the trail.

Photos at CannonValleyTrail.com
A gallery of pictures of the Cannon Valley Trail in the Summer, Winter, Fall, and Spring (from CannonValleyTrail.com).

Cannon Valley Trail Log
An article about the Cannon Valley Trail at MnTrails.com. Includes a marker-by-marker description of the trail.

PDF Map of the Cannon Valley Trail
A detailed map in PDF format of the Cannon Valley Trail published by the Cannon Valley HistoricalMuseum (from CannonValleyTrail.com).

A Skating Club's Review of the Cannon Valley Trail

A description of the Cannon Valley Trail on the Web site of the Minnesota Inline Skate Club (from SkateMinnesota.org).

Newspaper Article About the Cannon Valley Trail
A newspaper article aboutthe Cannon Valley Trail written by Doug Shidell and published in the Star Tribune, a newspaper in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

History of the Cannon Valley Trail
The story of how the trail began as a railroad line in 1882 and why the line was abandoned in 1983. (from CannonValleyTrail.com).

Lodging and Attractions Near the Trail
A guide to bed and breakfast accommodations, hotels,motels, campgrounds, bicycle rentals, canoe rentals, and attractions along the trail.

More About the Cannon Valley Trail
How to obtain a "wheel pass" forthe trail and information about bicycle rentals, camping, natural and cultural resources, directions, ordinances, local information, and more (from CannonValleyTrail.com)

Contact Information
825 Cannon River Avenue
Cannon Falls, Minnesota
55009-2045 USA
Phone: 507-263-0508
Phone: 651-258-4141



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