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 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 is available in Sageville (at the eastern terminus), Durango, Twin Spring, Graf, Epworth, Farley and Dyersville (at the western terminus).
We rode the Heritage trail
Sept 4th and 5th, 2013 and it was in great shape. The DNR guy said they had just finished a million and 1/2 dollar renovation of trails and bridges due to flooding in the last 2-3 years. The trail was very enjoyable beautiful, ...
Trail was in great condition. Beautiful scenery. Would highly recommend. We got on at Sageville - there is a parking lot right off Rt 52. We rode west from there to Graf.
We biked from Durango to Graff, back to Durango and on to Sageville in June, 2012. The trail damage from the flash flood in 2011 has been repaired. The gravel on the trail was hard packed gravel in most places. Daily trail passes are required @ $2.10 ...