Whalan, a 19th century village, is nestled in a valley surrounded by limestone bluffs and lush green hills. It was incorporated into a village in 1876. The railroad was built by the Southern Minnesota Railroad Company and later sold to Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul who serviced this area until the last train ran in 1978. Completion of the Root River Bike Trail in 1990 restored energy back into this once booming town. The largest population on record was 156. Currently, the population is 63. Although Whalan is the smallest town along the bike trail, it has much to offer area visitors. Most notable, located just steps from the bike trail is the Aroma Pie Shop serving up fresh homemade pies. Enjoy a round of golf at the Gator Greens Mini Golf or shop for something unique at Treasures on the Trail. Travel back in time with a walk through the Whalan Museum and Ernie’s 1917 (non-operational) filling station and plan a stay at the Cedar Valley Resort.
Held annually, the third Saturday in May is the famous Stand Still Parade. The parade stands still and the spectators move in and around it. Ever popular is the fast pitch softball tournament held the 4th of July weekend. Whalan’s Taste of the Trail event takes place in September.
Cross country ski enthusiast will not want to miss the Candlelight Ski and Soup Supper the first Saturday in February. Flowing through Whalan. The Root River offers wonderful opportunities for family day trips. Come enjoy the beauty and small town life.