The Lamoni Rail-Trail, also called the Lamoni Recreation Trail, is a delightful route through the downtown area, with a side loop through the campus of Graceland University. You can begin the trail at the Iowa Gateway Welcome Center (Exit 4 on I-35), which makes a nice break if you need to stretch those legs during a long drive. From here, the trail heads west to downtown Lamoni then continues north and west into the countryside, past small lakes and open fields, to end at Liberty Hall. Liberty Hall is a Victorian-era house open for public viewing and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Lamoni Rail-Trail follows an abandoned railroad corridor and incorporates an earthen dam plus two reconstructed trestles.
Parking and Trail Access
Park at the Iowa Gateway Welcome Center (Exit 4 on I-35), at Central Park (behind the library off Main St./US 69) or at Liberty Hall (1138 W Main St.). Parking is available on the campus of Graceland University but restrictions may apply.
Great break on an I-35 road trip
Definitely hit this trail as a break from a long road trip on I-35. The flat, paved trail starts east of Lamoni, goes past Graceland College, through downtown, and then enters its most picturesque stretch west of town. Here it meanders through a working ...