“Gateway to the Root River Valley”
Just 20 minutes from the bustle of the city, Rochester International Airport, and Mayo Clinic, this historic town sits along the Root River and Mill Creek, and is an outdoor recreation and music destination.
Chatfield is home to three recreational trails, the Root River Water Trail, the Chatfield ATV trail, and the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. The Root River and Mill Creek offer some of the best trout fishing in the region as well as its most northern canoe and kayak launch. The Lost Creek Hiking Trail is maintained by the Bluff Country Hiking Club and offers 6.35 miles of ranging terrain and ecosystems of forest, prairie, and pasture. For a bit faster pace, the 16-mile Chatfield ATV Trail sits east of town and is open to the public May through October. Following the rise and fall of the bluffs and valleys, and winding through woodlots, pastures, and along streams, the trail is geared for all ages and experience levels.
For a quieter pace, you will find the Chosen Valley Golf Club offers a public, 9-hole regulation course of 5,866 yards for a par of 35. Not a golfer? Birders will enjoy Pin Oak Prairie, a MN DNR scientific and natural area (SNA) as well as an Audubon Society Important Birding Site. Beat the heat with some relaxing laps at the aquatic center or play a few matches at the city tennis courts. Chatfield’s park system also offers 47-acres of creek-side walking trails, picnic/play areas, ball fields, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, biking, a skateboarding park as well as a hockey and skating rink in the winter.
- ChillFest – February
- Music and Market in the Park – June and July
- Western Days – August
- Fall Fest – September
- Christmas in the Valley – December