Iowa's Yellow River State Forest contains a sprawling network of hiking, equestrian and bicycle trails. The Paint Creek Trail, which occupies a segment of an abandoned railroad corridor, is the only rail-trail in the 8,500 acre forest. The trail has a natural dirt surface, so be careful after heavy rainfall.
The Paint Creek Trail is popular with equestrian users (as Yellow River State Forest includes horse camping facilities), but bicycling is also permitted. Before or after your visit, be sure to check out Effigy Mounds National Monument to the south of Yellow River State Forest. The site preserves more than 200 ancient Native American burial mounds.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking for the Paint Creek Trail can be found on State Forest Road just to the east of White Pine Road.
Great for Horse Lovers, A Nice Wooded Walk
Yellow River has day parking for horse trailers as well as over-night equestrian camping. We walked part of the Paint Creek Trail along the Big Paint Creek near the Donahue Road. The trail was a solid dirt trail even after having a lot of rain. We did ...