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Spring is here (well, hopefully), and that means there is no better time to embrace the outdoors. My favorite thing to do with great weather is to go hiking, and luckily Southern Minnesota offers many trails and parks in which to do so.

Beginning in Cannon Falls is the Cannon Valley Trail. The trail is paved and runs all the way to Red Wing, covering over twenty miles of ground. I'm thinking that will keep you busy for a bit! The trail is great for biking, rollerblading, hiking and walking.

Not only does the trail offer many miles of adventure, but the views are priceless. The sights are nothing short of exuberant wetlands, daring cliffs and abundant hills. Some sections of the trail are full of marvelous wildflowers and tall grasses that stretch into the far distance.

Plus, the trail is home to a vast degree of wildlife, including birds, turtles, fish, frogs, and the occasional deer.

The trail showcases Minnesota's beautiful countryside and provides an escape from the busy buzz of everyday life. It supplies a brief disconnect from the stress of our day-to-day lives. Something, I'm sure we could all use from time to time.

Cannon Falls is about a 50-minute drive Northeast of Owatonna, so really what's stopping you? Hop in the car and take some time to move your body and enjoy the beauty and warmer temperatures of Southern Minnesota.

Cannon Valley Trail Map. (click to enlarge)

For more information about the park, visit the Cannon Valley Trail website.

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