Trout Run Trail forms an 11-mile loop around Decorah, providing access to many of the area's natural treasures and views of beautiful Iowa countryside.
Although there are many places to hop on the trail, one of the best is the Decorah Fish Hatchery. The hatchery rears approximately 150,000 trout each year. Visitors are welcome to tour the facility and feed the fish. High above the hatchery is a famous six-foot-wide, six-foot-deep bald eagle nest weighing 750 pounds. A live feed, maintained by the Raptor Resource Project, offers streaming footage of the eagle pair and their chicks.
Not far from the trail, you'll find numerous lodging options including hotels, bed-and-breakfast inns and camping sites along the Upper Iowa River. Four-star restaurants are a short spur off the trail, plus museums and shopping are available in the downtown area.
Although there are many access points and places to park along the trail, one of the best spots is the Decorah Fish Hatchery (2325 Siewers Springs Road).
Challenging switchbacks in the beautiful countryside leading to vistas of Northeast Iowa bluff country with eagles, trout, and art installations along the 11 mile trail that sports an elegant bike bridge over the entrance to the city. Great restaurants ...