Cannon Valley Trail

John Burch Park, Minnesota

Elevation Gain980ft
Trailhead Elevation816ft
Elevation Min/Max683/835ft
Elevation Start/End816/816ft

Cannon Valley Trail

Cannon Valley Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Goodhue County, Minnesota. It is within John Burch Park, River Terrace Prairie SNA, and Minnieska Park. It is 20.1 miles long and begins at 816 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 40.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 980 feet. The Public and Econofoods/etc parkings and the Cannon Valley Trail parking are near the trailhead. VFW and other parkings, the Anderson Memorial Rest Area picnic site, Cannon Valley Trail and other parkings, and the Cannon Valley Trail information can be seen along the trail. There are also restroom and drinking water along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Cvt Access and Cvt Access Tr.

Cannon Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Our ride begins at the Welch station, 0.25 mile south of the little town of the same name. Ample parking is available off CR 7, but fills up fast on sunny weekend days. This is an excellent ride through high river bluffs with a great fall color route, easy access, and superb trail conditions. There are good chances to spot all sorts of wildlife both on the ground and in the air and picturesque pastureland to your right with ponds and
streams and cows.

The trail ends at the outskirts of downtown Red Wing. Signs are posted to take you to this charming town. Plan on spending some time there soaking up the atmosphere. Your return to Welch will be slightly uphill, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. Tread: Entire ride is on paved trail."

"This one’s a beauty, even if you’re a hard-core mud lover. The Cannon Trail is a great place to spin along, with steep bluffs and rock outcroppings on one side and a meandering river on the other. The riding is spectacular in the fall, and Welch and Red Wing are towns ya just gotta explore. This ride only covers one-half of the entire trail; another 10 miles await to the west to whisk you into Cannon Falls.

Shortly after the start you’ll ride past Welch Village ski area. Take in the sights of rugged bluffs on both sides of the trail. There are great views in the fall, chances to spot all sorts of wildlife both on the ground and in the air, and picturesque pasture land with ponds, streams, and cows. Tread: Entire ride is on paved trail."

"Flowing east through the fertile farmland of southeastern Minnesota, the Cannon River joins the Mississippi near the historic town of Red Wing. Before merging with the big river, the Cannon cuts a scenic path through the bluffs and ravines of this rugged area of the state. Tinted a medium brown, the Cannon looks like a river of chocolate milk, and creative types might imagine the dark green of the surrounding hills as scoops of mint ice cream.

The trail winds through tunnels of green on a nearly flat converted railroad bed, making it a perfect jaunt for casual cyclists and families. Rail trails work well for families because the absence of motor vehicles eliminates one worry for parents, and route finding is extremely easy. Moreover, it’s easy to turn back at any time if a rider gets tired, as opposed to having to finish a loop. If you have the time, Red Wing is a great place to spend a weekend."

"Nestled in the rolling hills of the Hiawatha Valley, protected by the magnificent Mississippi River bluffs, the cruise begins in pretty Red Wing. No stranger to this historic river community, Mark Twain once wrote:"This amazing region, bristling with great towns . . . and majestic bluffs charms one with the grace and variety of their form. And then you have the shining river, with steamboats vanishing around every remote point." Starting a ride here treats you to a delightful dose of Americana, as you venture inward, touring around one breathtaking valley after another.

Notice the bluffs, and how they accentuate this historic milling town from the river as you leave the park. On Levee Road you will come up to the Historic Red Wing Depot. With all the sculptures and art exhibits here, this is a great place to walk around and stretch your muscles after the ride. This river port city started with a pottery shop, and by 1870, after the discovery of extensive clay pits, Red Wing Stoneware Company was developed. The town’s name was derived from a series of Dakota chiefs named Whoo-pa-doo-to, meaning “wings of scarlet.”"

"Spin past overhanging cliffs, lumpy bluffs, and wildlife-packed wetlands on this A-list rail-trail along the Cannon River. Enjoy a gradual descent through beauteous forest to a halfway-point ice cream stop, rub shoulders with limestone cliffs, and ogle great river views on a postcard-perfect 20-miler."

Cannon Valley Trail Reviews

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The 40 mile round trip from Cannon Valley to Red Wing is easy, pretty and interesting.
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Great paved trail, not too busy on a Saturday afternoon. It does cost 3 dollars to get a pass, though.
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This was a beautiful trail. It had a variety of scenery, including the river, farmland, and forest. There was even a small waterfall in Canon Falls, near the trail head. The path was in great condition, and Red Wing was a great place to stop, shop and grab some ice cream if you wanted a break. This trail was very flat, so was easy for anyone to ride, but long enough if you ride out and back (40 miles) for the more experienced rider to enjoy. There was a campground w/canoe rentals on the trail as well, so it would be accessible for a weekend trip for biking, camping, and/or canoeing. We had a fabulous ride.

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Trail Information

John Burch Park
Nearby City
River Terrace Prairie SNA
Flat, smooth, paved trail
Local Contacts
DeLorme Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer map 77
Local Maps

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Nov 2018