Heritage Trail (IA)

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Iowa's Heritage Trail runs for nearly 30 miles between the city of Dubuque and the town of Dyersville to the west. Short portions of the trail are paved within the two communities, but the vast majority of the path has a crushed limestone surface. The entirety of the trail follows an old railroad corridor of the former Chicago Northwestern line. You'll see remnants of the area's milling and mining past along the way, which were linked via the rails.

Other towns you'll pass through are Farley, Epworth, Graf, Twin Springs, Budd Road and Durango. But the Heritage Trail also features scenic landscapes of woodland, farmland, limestone bluffs, prairies and wetlands.

Snowmobiles are allowed on the length of the trail when snow reaches a depth of 4 inches, but horses are not permitted anywhere on the trail. There is a day-use fee to use the trail. Refer to the Dubuque County website for information on where to buy trail passes.

Parking and Trail Access

A large parking lot for the Heritage Trail is available in Sageville on Rupp Hollow Road. Additional parking can be found in Durango, Twin Spring, Graf, Epworth, Farley and Dyersville (at the western terminus).

Reviews

Very nice

   July, 2016 by krbailleucpa

In general, I prefer paved trails over packed limestone. But I agree with other reviewers that this trail's limestone is very firm and smoother tha a lot of pavements. I only rode from near Epworth to Sageville, so I never got out by Dyersville. The portion ...read more

Great trail!

   May, 2016 by webuy

My wife and I have ridden the trail numerous times. We have ridden the entire trail, but never all at once. We typically ride 10-15 miles in one direction and then return to our car. The trail is in wonderful condition. When there have been rough spots ...read more

The best of 2,500 miles of trails from Canada to Mexico

   June, 2015 by gim820

Having recently completed "trails only" bicycle rides from Canada to Mexico; traversing America riding trails latitude by latitude, I discovered the best trail I have ever ridden was right here in Iowa. Traversing America via Rail Trails Only (TAvRTO)on ...read more