"Connect It" Benefit for Mill Towns Trail


Music by Pennyroyal, bike demonstrations by Erik the Bike Man, and good, old-fashioned root beer floats and burgers will highlight the “Connect It” benefit by the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, in support of the Mill Towns State Trail.

“Connect It” will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 11 at Welch Station, a trailhead and picnic area on the Cannon Valley Trail. Trail supporters, families and anyone who wants to take part in a fun midsummer outdoor event are invited.

“We hope this event will raise awareness of the work the Parks & Trails Council does across the state, and in particular our current project to connect the proposed Mill Towns State Trail to the Cannon Valley Trail,” said Brett Feldman, executive director of the Parks & Trails Council. “But, mostly, we just want everyone to have fun at one of Minnesota’s great trails.”

The 25-mile Mill Towns State Trail, which has been in the planning since 2000, will create a trail link between the Cannon Valley Trail (at Cannon Falls) and the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail (at Faribault). So, once complete, people can enjoy a trail ride from Red Wing to Mankato, MN. The Mill Towns Trail will go through several towns—Faribault, Dundas, Northfield, Waterford, Randolph and Cannon Falls—that were once home to 30 mills, an important part of Minnesota history. 

The Parks & Trails Council is working to secure land for a critical segment of the Mill Towns Trail that will link the Cannon Valley Trail to Lake Byllesby Regional Park. With this land, now in private hands, the trail can follow a scenic route next to the river. Otherwise, that part of the trail will run next to U.S. Highway 52 and MN Highway 19.

The Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is a grassroots membership organization that has worked vigorously on behalf of Minnesota's parks and trails since 1954. Fueled by charitable contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations, the Parks & Trails Council has been instrumental in adding more than 10,000 acres of land valued at $31 million to key areas within the state's vast network of parks and trails. The 3,400-member-strong organization has become the state's most powerful voice for parks and trails thanks to its working relationships with grassroots community groups, legislators and local governments from throughout the state.

“Connect It” Benefit Party

Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cannon Valley State Trail Welch Station, 26674 144th Ave Way, Welch, MN


For more information, contact:

Lisa Filter, External Relations Director

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota