Chatfield, the “Chosen Valley,” is just 20 minutes from the bustle of the city, Rochester International Airport, and Mayo Clinic. A state safety and health award winner, the attractive city sits along the Root River and Mill Creek, a series of pools ripe for trout fishing. Mill Creek Park, a 47-acre amenity-filled commons offers picnic areas, ball fields, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, biking, skateboarding, and a horse arena, as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and a hockey and skating rink in the winter.
Wildlife abounds, which makes its pristine hiking trails a draw. 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. The trail hosts several events annually, including the Fall Trail Run, the last Saturday of October.
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. A scramble area is available for more experienced riders.
For a quieter pace, the golf club offers a fun, 9-hole regulation course of 5,866 yards for a par of 35. Not a golfer? Take a few relaxing laps at the swimming pool or play a few matches at the city tennis courts.
Chatfield is also widely known for its arts and unique historical offerings. Dubbed “Bandtown, USA,” the city boasts a music lending library, the only one of its kind in the world today. Dedicated to the preservation of musical heritage and utilized by musicians worldwide, the library has collected and cataloged more than 30,000 pieces, many of which are no longer in print. The city is home to the Chatfield Brass Band, a harmonic tradition for nearly a half century. Its more than 30 members, of all ages, play a variety of music in an effort to provide opportunities for amateur musicians to perform and grow musically and to continue the city’s proud custom.
The Chatfield Center for the Arts furthers the progress of arts in the area through both music and drama. Thursday evenings in the summer, the city hosts the Music in the Park Concert series in the city park, highlighting the impressive bandshell. The square also plays host to an interactive and engaging custom playground. Folk and other concerts are held throughout the year, across the street at the center for the arts, and showcase the musical styling of various artists and open jam sessions.
As part of the center for the arts is the Potter Auditorium. Built in the 1930s, the landmark has been fully restored.
History enthusiasts won’t want to miss touring the two museums offered by the Chatfield Historical Society or the legendary Haven Stone Wall. Bordering on Old Territorial Road on Winona Hill, the wall, which began in 1927, taking 37 years to complete, features 157 notable artifacts and geological phenomena from around the world, all embedded within the limestone wall.
Several community celebrations are held annually, including Chillfest, the fourth Saturday in January, Veteran’s Ice Fishing, the fourth Saturday in February, Trout Classic fishing tournament, the Saturday closest to April 15, and the Fall Festival of Color, the first Saturday in October. The granddaddy of them all is Western Days on the second weekend in August, with a market, carnival, parades, concerts, dances, fireworks, a horse show, trail rides, and the Wit’s End Theatre’s Western Days Show.
Lost Creek Hiking Trail is about 6.35 miles long one way. It is located west of Chatfield with parking access at Groen Park Trailhead (Co. Rd. 2) and at the Ninebark Road Trailhead (Co. Rd. 101).
My name is Jeff Brogle. My family and I live on a farm near Peterson within Fillmore County, MN. I am the Founder and Owner of Bluff Country Properties Real Estate. I’m a trusted land specialist with a focus on hunting, farm, recreational, hobby farm, and rural home properties.
In the historic Potter Auditorium. Where all ages sing and play. Where Theatre comes to life. Where the music is intimate.
May through October - Thursdays 3-6.
Nestled along the Root River on US Highway 52, Chatfield is home to outdoor escapes and the only traffic light for 100 miles. Although we're sure you'll find plenty of other reasons to stop...whether for a day, a weekend or a lifetime.
Our 9-hole course is nestled in the Chosen Valley of Southeast Minnesota. Open to the public and conveniently located approximately 25 miles south of Rochester along US Highway 52, the CVGC offers scenic views and rolling terrain making for challenging play at a reasonable prices for golfers at every skill level. The course plays 2,933 yards from the deepest tees for a par of 35.
Open April-October (closed Sundays).
A destination worth an investigation.
Lost Creek Hiking Trail is about 6.5 miles long one way. It is located west of Chatfield with parking access at Groen Park Trailhead (Co. Rd. 2) and at the Ninebark Road Trailhead (Co. Rd. 101).
Hunting, fishing, camping, two story archery range, apparel, proshop
Set in a house dating back to 1897, this adults-only B&B is a 12-minute walk from Mill Creek Park and 1.1 miles from Chosen Valley Golf Course.
The 6 Victorian-style rooms are individually decorated and feature antique furnishings. Most rooms have private bathrooms. There's 1 room with a fireplace and another with an antique fainting couch.
Full cooked breakfast is served in the elegant dining room, and a 7-course evening meal is available on weekends (surcharge). There are 3 decks, a porch and gardens, as well as a library and a living room. Musical instruments are available for guest use.
Lobby and drive up. 24-Hour FastBank ATM cash machines!
Open 7 days a week. Burgers & fries. Battered fish & fries (Friday night). Open bowling. Call for availability. Enjoy our outside patio.
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Weiss Realty is a real estate company with our main office in Durand, Wisconsin, started in 1979. We specialize in hunting, farmland, hobby farms, country estates and rural property sales in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.