Snowmobiling Trails in Iowa

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  • Cinder Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 13.5 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone

    Cinder Path, stretching between the sleepy towns of Cheriton and Humeston in southern Iowa, might appear unassuming to those unfamiliar with Iowa's great trail history. But don't let the rugged surface or the untamed vegetation fool you—Cinder ...
  • Comet Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Grass

    The Comet Trail is built upon an abandoned right-of-way of the old Chicago Northwestern Railroad. It runs for 7 miles between the town of Conrad (City Park) and just east of Beaman, traversing a mostly rural landscape of farms, rolling prairie ...
  • Ed Winkel Memorial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 4.7 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Ed Winkel Memorial Trail runs for nearly 5 miles from the small town of Sibley in Osceola County, Iowa to just west of the unincorporated community of Allendorf. Offering a hint at much of Iowa's landscape, the trail travels exclusively ...
  • Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 25.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail currently consists of two disjointed sections. The first stretches from the small city of Slater in the west to the tiny town of Collins in the east. This segment includes a brief on-road detour between 535th Avenue ...
  • Heritage Trail (IA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 27 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Iowa's Heritage Trail runs for 27 miles between just west of city of Dubuque and the town of Dyersville to the west. The crushed-limestone trail follows an old railroad corridor of the former Chicago Northwestern line. You'll see remnants of ...
  • Herndon to Coon Rapids Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 17 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This proposed 17 mile rail- to-trail project will extend the Raccoon River Valley Trail System from Herndon 17 miles west through Guthrie County to end at the Coon Rapids-Whiterock rural tourism destination area. This will complete a key segment ...
  • Iowa Great Lakes Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 18.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Iowa Great Lakes Trail was formerly known as the Dickinson County Spine Trail, and it is just that—the 'spine' of the great active transportation system in the Iowa Great Lakes region near the border with Minnesota. Included in this system ...
  • Paint Creek Trail (IA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Iowa's Yellow River State Forest contains a sprawling network of hiking, equestrian and bicycle trails. The Paint Creek Trail, which occupies a segment of an abandoned railroad corridor, is the only rail-trail in the 8,500 acre forest. The trail ...
  • Pony Hollow Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 3.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    The Pony Hollow Trail in the northeastern Iowa city of Elkader offers a scenic route through woodlands and wetlands along the former Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad bed. The western half of the trail begins just south of Elkader City ...
  • Praeri Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    The Praeri Rail Trail runs on an old section of railroad right-of-way between Zearing and Roland in central Iowa. Sections of the trail near Roland and McCallsburg have a crushed limestone surface, but the rest of the trail is mowed grass and ...
  • Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Prairie Farmer Rec. Trail (a.k.a. Winneshiek County Trail) was named for a radio show once broadcast throughout the Midwest. The trail occupies the right-of-way of the former Milwaukee Railroad, which ran between Calmar to Cresco through ...
  • Raccoon River Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 88.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Raccoon River Valley Trail runs along an abandoned railroad right-of-way that was first built in the 1870s to carry rail traffic between Des Moines and the Great Lakes region. The route encompasses a wide range of landscapes, from suburban ...
  • Rolling Prairie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    When complete, the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System will connect several communities and two state parks as it travels through quintessential northeastern Iowa prairie. Following an 80-mile east-west route, it will traverse the counties ...
  • Russell White Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Grass

    The Russell White Nature Trail runs for nearly 4 miles through a landscape of forest, pasture and prairie and links the tiny community of Lanesboro with open space to the southwest of the town. The trail occupies part of a railroad corridor ...
  • Sauk Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 33.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Note: A user fee is required for those 18 and older ($1 per day or $15 per year). The Sauk Rail-Trail runs for 33 paved miles between Swan Lake State Park in Carroll and Black Hawk State Park in Lake View. The trail links the communities ...
  • Solon-Lake Macbride Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Solon–Lake Macbride Recreation Trail runs for 5 miles between the scenic state park and the town of Solon to the east. The popular trail is perfect for cycling or walking and skiing or snowmobiling in the winter. In addition, the park offers ...
  • Three Rivers Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 39.9 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Three Rivers Trail runs for 33 miles from the tiny community of Rolfe—named for the Englishman who married Pocahontas—to just west of Eagle Grove, the largest city in Wright County. The trail occupies an old Chicago and North Western Railway ...
  • Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 18.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The 18.5 mile long Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail follows the abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway grade between Riceville and the Iowa/Minnesota State Line. The corridor was originally built by the Minnesota & Northwestern Railroad in 1886. ...