“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.
The 4th of July Weekend brings Whalan’s famous fast pitch softball tournament to town. Girls teams ranging in ages from 12 to 18 will provide you with exciting action. You will enjoy watching some of the most talented athletes from the region. A stop at the food stand for a brat or Whalan’s famous Egg Mc Whalan’s will be available for the early games. (Food availability depends on COVID restrictions.)
The first Saturday after Labor Day, Whalan celebrates the Taste of the Trail. Visitors will enjoy free samples of some local Norwegian favorites including Lefse and Rommegrot. Samples from Whalan’s famous Pie Shoppe are always a hit. Enjoy some live music while visiting with friends. All the activities take place right on the Root River Bike Trail.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to visit Whalan. Welcome and enjoy!