“The Little Town That Could”
Located on the Root River State Bike Trail, just 4 1/2 miles east of Lanesboro, the quaint town of Whalan is the smallest town on the trail. Visitors can’t help but notice the picturesque view of the beautiful Root River valley and surrounding lime stone bluffs. Although Whalan is small, don’t let the size fool you as it has much to offer visitors. Whalan affords bikers a gazebo, playground with basketball court and picnic area for a nice respite before continuing your journey. A visit to the Whalan Museum will provide you an opportunity to learn more of the town’s heritage.
On the first Saturday in February, bundle up for Whalan’s Candlelight Ski. Cross country skiers and walkers can enjoy the experience of luminaries lighting up a 1/2 mile of the Root River State Trail. Stop at our town hall and enjoy a soup supper.
Whalan is noted for its famous Pie Shoppe and the Stand Still Parade which is held annually the third Saturday in May. The parade stands still while the spectators move. Spend the day enjoying food, music, games and maybe even find that special something at one of the many vendor booths. Find more at standstillparade.org
While our summer season starts with the Stand Still Parade, our fall season begins with Taste of the Trail, the first Saturday after Labor Day. Taste of the Trail provides samples of ethnic foods, music and other activities.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to visit Whalan. Welcome and enjoy!