Pioneer Trail

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The Pioneer Trail is named to give a nod to the people who settled in Grundy County in the 1850s. Eventually, the railroad came to serve the farm communities of Holland, Grundy Center, Morrison and Reinbeck. The trail now replaces the rails, which runs 12 miles between Reinbeck and Holland, with two 0.5-mile gaps (east of Grundy Center and west of Reinbeck). The gaps must be bridged via road since there is no public access between them.

The crushed and packed limestone surface accommodates walkers, cyclists and runners, while a grassy adjacent track is perfect for horseback riding. The trail provides access to several conservation areas, a couple of which are right along the route. Visit the Black Hawk Creek Wildlife Area, about 0.25 mile north of Morrison on County Road T53, with self-guided nature trails and a suspension bridge.

Other nearby points of interest include Holland Marsh, Wolfe Family Preserve, Shearn Park, Grundy County Heritage Museum, Buckles Wildlife Area, Gutknecht Park, Copley-Strohbehn Preserve, and the Reinbeck section of the Grundy County Greenbelt, all teeming with wildlife and native prairie vegetation.

Parking and Trail Access

You access the trail from any of the communities along its route. Find limited parking at Wolfe Family Preserve off Diagonal Rd./Route 175 just east of Grundy Center and farther along the same road at Shearn Park west of Morrison (middle segment).


Nice Trail

   October, 2012 by dctrail

The Pioneer Trail provides a nice way to enjoy the countryside across the central part of Grundy County. With the exception of a couple of gaps in the trail in and around Grundy Center, cycling the trail is a very enjoyable experience. read more

Gap to be closed?

   October, 2012 by dctrail

An effort is currently underway in Grundy Center to close some of the gaps in the Pioneer Trail between Grundy Center and Reinbeck. Currently, a gap in the trail exists within the city limits of Grundy Center, as well as from the east edge of Grundy Center more

Pioneer Trail

   July, 2009 by dctrail

The Pioneer Trail is a roughly 12 mile crushed limestone trail that extends from Holland on the west, through Grundy Center, Morrison and eventually ending at Reinbeck at the eastern terminus. It follows the old Rock Island railroad line that once traversed more