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Fort Dodge Nature Trail

2.6 mi
State: IA
Cinder

Galloping Goose Trail (IA)

0.5 mi
State: IA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass

Raccoon River Valley Trail

89 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

4 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Russell White Nature Trail

3.8 mi
State: IA
Ballast, Grass

Sauk Rail Trail

33.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Soldier Creek Nature Trail

1.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

T-Bone Trail

19.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Twin Lakes Trail

7 mi
State: IA
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Fort Dodge Nature Trail begins at the city's Snell-Crawford Park and runs northeast for nearly 3 miles. The trail travels adjacent to overhead power lines and crosses a couple of bridges over...
IA 2.6 mi Cinder
The Galloping Goose Trail is so called for the nickname of the old railroad that once ran through the area and upon which the trail sits. As of 2012, about 0.5 mile of trail have been built northeast...
IA 0.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass
On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. Over its nearly 90-mile span, you’ll traverse wooded, prairie, and agricultural...
IA 89 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail travels 4 miles along an asphalt path atop a former railbed once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Starting near an I-80 on-ramp, the...
IA 4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Russell White Nature Trail runs for nearly 4 miles through a landscape of forest, pasture and prairie and links the tiny community of Lanesboro with open space to the southwest of the town. The...
IA 3.8 mi Ballast, Grass
The Sauk Rail Trail offers some of the best riding in rural, west-central Iowa. The paved 33-mile trail is capped at either end by a state park and offers a diverse mix of views and experiences in...
IA 33.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Soldier Creek Nature Trail runs south from Snell-Crawford Park alongside residential neighborhoods in Fort Dodge. For most of its route, the trail is within just a few feet of Soldier Creek (hence...
IA 1.2 mi Asphalt
The T-Bone Trail stretches nearly 20 miles between Audubon and Pymosa township in western Iowa. It's also part of the American Discovery Trail, a non-motorized route across the country. The paved...
IA 19.6 mi Asphalt
The Twin Lakes Trail forms a loop around North Twin Lake, one of a pair of gorgeous glacial lakes in rural northwestern Iowa. The concrete trail takes users through state and county parks, with ample...
IA 7 mi Concrete

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Twin Lakes Trail

IA - 7 miles

The Twin Lakes Trail forms a loop around North Twin Lake, one of a pair of gorgeous glacial lakes in rural northwestern Iowa. The concrete trail takes users through state and county parks, with ample...

Sauk Rail Trail

IA - 33.2 miles

The Sauk Rail Trail offers some of the best riding in rural, west-central Iowa. The paved 33-mile trail is capped at either end by a state park and offers a diverse mix of views and experiences in...

Raccoon River Valley Trail

IA - 89 miles

On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. Over its nearly 90-mile span, you’ll traverse wooded, prairie, and agricultural...

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

IA - 4 miles

The Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail travels 4 miles along an asphalt path atop a former railbed once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Starting near an I-80 on-ramp, the...

Accordion

Soldier Creek Nature Trail

IA - 1.2 miles

The Soldier Creek Nature Trail runs south from Snell-Crawford Park alongside residential neighborhoods in Fort Dodge. For most of its route, the trail is within just a few feet of Soldier Creek (hence...

T-Bone Trail

IA - 19.6 miles

The T-Bone Trail stretches nearly 20 miles between Audubon and Pymosa township in western Iowa. It's also part of the American Discovery Trail, a non-motorized route across the country. The paved...

Twin Lakes Trail

IA - 7 miles

The Twin Lakes Trail forms a loop around North Twin Lake, one of a pair of gorgeous glacial lakes in rural northwestern Iowa. The concrete trail takes users through state and county parks, with ample...

Raccoon River Valley Trail

IA - 89 miles

On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. Over its nearly 90-mile span, you’ll traverse wooded, prairie, and agricultural...

T-Bone Trail

IA - 19.6 miles

The T-Bone Trail stretches nearly 20 miles between Audubon and Pymosa township in western Iowa. It's also part of the American Discovery Trail, a non-motorized route across the country. The paved...

Soldier Creek Nature Trail

IA - 1.2 miles

The Soldier Creek Nature Trail runs south from Snell-Crawford Park alongside residential neighborhoods in Fort Dodge. For most of its route, the trail is within just a few feet of Soldier Creek (hence...

Accordion

Galloping Goose Trail (IA)

IA - 0.5 miles

The Galloping Goose Trail is so called for the nickname of the old railroad that once ran through the area and upon which the trail sits. As of 2012, about 0.5 mile of trail have been built northeast...

Russell White Nature Trail

IA - 3.8 miles

The Russell White Nature Trail runs for nearly 4 miles through a landscape of forest, pasture and prairie and links the tiny community of Lanesboro with open space to the southwest of the town. The...

Sauk Rail Trail

IA - 33.2 miles

The Sauk Rail Trail offers some of the best riding in rural, west-central Iowa. The paved 33-mile trail is capped at either end by a state park and offers a diverse mix of views and experiences in...

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

IA - 4 miles

The Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail travels 4 miles along an asphalt path atop a former railbed once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Starting near an I-80 on-ramp, the...

Fort Dodge Nature Trail

IA - 2.6 miles

The Fort Dodge Nature Trail begins at the city's Snell-Crawford Park and runs northeast for nearly 3 miles. The trail travels adjacent to overhead power lines and crosses a couple of bridges over...

Soldier Creek Nature Trail

IA - 1.2 miles

The Soldier Creek Nature Trail runs south from Snell-Crawford Park alongside residential neighborhoods in Fort Dodge. For most of its route, the trail is within just a few feet of Soldier Creek (hence...

Twin Lakes Trail

IA - 7 miles

The Twin Lakes Trail forms a loop around North Twin Lake, one of a pair of gorgeous glacial lakes in rural northwestern Iowa. The concrete trail takes users through state and county parks, with ample...

Raccoon River Valley Trail

IA - 89 miles

On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. Over its nearly 90-mile span, you’ll traverse wooded, prairie, and agricultural...

Galloping Goose Trail (IA)

IA - 0.5 miles

The Galloping Goose Trail is so called for the nickname of the old railroad that once ran through the area and upon which the trail sits. As of 2012, about 0.5 mile of trail have been built northeast...

Accordion

Sauk Rail Trail

IA - 33.2 miles

The Sauk Rail Trail offers some of the best riding in rural, west-central Iowa. The paved 33-mile trail is capped at either end by a state park and offers a diverse mix of views and experiences in...

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

IA - 4 miles

The Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail travels 4 miles along an asphalt path atop a former railbed once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Starting near an I-80 on-ramp, the...

Fort Dodge Nature Trail

IA - 2.6 miles

The Fort Dodge Nature Trail begins at the city's Snell-Crawford Park and runs northeast for nearly 3 miles. The trail travels adjacent to overhead power lines and crosses a couple of bridges over...

T-Bone Trail

IA - 19.6 miles

The T-Bone Trail stretches nearly 20 miles between Audubon and Pymosa township in western Iowa. It's also part of the American Discovery Trail, a non-motorized route across the country. The paved...

Russell White Nature Trail

IA - 3.8 miles

The Russell White Nature Trail runs for nearly 4 miles through a landscape of forest, pasture and prairie and links the tiny community of Lanesboro with open space to the southwest of the town. The...

Recent Trail Reviews

Sauk Rail Trail

Nice upgrades and improvements

August, 2017 by gallest

We rode the trail today from Lake View to Carroll. One feature we really like is the mile markers (for both directions) We ride this trail a few times each year so we definitely liked the bridge improvements with cement replacing the wooden bridge floors. And the addition of so many bike fix- it stations is a nice thing to have along the way. We also like the shelter at the 2 mile location out of Lake View. Love the improvements. Great maintenance all along the way. One of our favorite Iowa trails. (we drive 2 hours to access and ride this trail) Thank you!!!

Twin Lakes Trail

nice trail

February, 2017 by alan

nice trail

T-Bone Trail

Great Trail

October, 2016 by dds4ui

I sincerely appreciate that this trail is directly adjacent to Audubon's airport. We were able to fly in and unload our bikes. We were immediately on the trail. Terminal facilities at Audubon's were airport were first rate and clean. The trail it's self was excellent and being able to ride from town to town made it more fun....Great ride!

Accordion

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

Trail skate

October, 2016 by mleestraka

Parked at the corn crib. Next time will pick up trail in town because of gravel by the marsh.Otherwise wonderful trail to rollerskate on.

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

Perfect stop for lunch and walk

September, 2016 by jenmhall4

This was a perfect stop on 80 for lunch and a walk with out puppy. We could even let him off lease.

Sauk Rail Trail

A ride in beautiful Iowa

September, 2016 by jrobey747

I'm from Kansas City and rode this trail on Labor Day weekend. It was a peaceful, quiet ride thru corn fields and the beautiful country sides of rural Iowa. The trail is in great shape and is very smooth until you have to cross several gravel roads. Like others have said, bring extra hydration and snacks as there's not much along the way to stop.

T-Bone Trail

Good ride/good scenery

September, 2016 by akelleyrdh

We parked off of exist 60 of I80, and parked south of the interstate in between the hotel and gas station(a small parking lot and the trail head) We headed north to Hamlin, 15 miles. We didn't go all the way to Audubon due to a strong wind in the open areas. It is a nice ride, nice scenery. We stopped in Exira at the Casey's in town for a water and restroom break. The route is 99% flat with only slight inclines that you don't really notice. We got to see some wildlife and it is the country, so you do go by some farms. Good ride for all levels.

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Raccoon River Trail Ride

August, 2016 by weaverdennisl

95% of this ride is smooth riding. It is rough from Yale to Jefferson. Whoever repaired this part of the trail should be forced to get on a bike and ride it. This should be repaired ASAP. Now for the rest of the ride, we LOVED IT! We ate lunch in the town of Perry at David's Milwaukee Diner. The food was good, the service great, prices fair and most of all ... Air Conditioning.
We stopped in the town of Dallas Center and ate ice cream at the Korner Kone Ice Cream and Deli, which is right off the trail about 150 ft away. AC was great. It might seem we are in need of AC a lot, but the heat index was almost 100% during our ride. We didn't see the reported Mountain Lion (LOL) but we saw deer, geese, rabbits, grass hoppers, birds and even a mouse walking on the trail. I was so glad I brought two 24 oz bottles of drink, I think a third bottle would have been better. We crossed paths with about 15 different riders on the loop, and all were friendly. One person had a Bluetooth speaker playing their music, which is NOT a bother at all. Really, in passing it is only for a few seconds. So I upgrade the riders in IOWA to very polite and trail friendly over one interview here. Summary: You need to ride this trail if you get the chance. I drove 600 miles to do it, and i am glad I did!

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Enjoyable Two Days

July, 2016 by webuy

My wife and I rode the entire trail over two days. We rode from Waukee to Jefferson going through Perry on Day 1.  All total, with a little bit extra riding in Perry, we rode 46.5 miles. The trail from Waukee to Herndon is all concrete. You could not make it any smoother. Exquisite riding. The trail from Herndon to Jefferson is a bit rough the first couple miles, but then gets better the remaining ten miles.While the trail is not overly scenic, there are spots that are quite nice. In particular the mile on either side of the trestle bridge a few miles south of Jefferson was really nice. The trail is signed very well. There are restrooms and water frequently, and numerous benches. We made the 0.4 ride to the Forest Park Museum. If you are into history and have some time,  check it out as it is quite nice.We stopped for lunch in Perry. We ate at the Mars Diner and Dairy Bar. We had great sandwiches and super ice cream. We highly recommend it. We also stopped at the Raccoon River Valley Bike Shop. The guy working was quite pleasant and helped us with a minor issue. I offered, but he didn't want payment. The shop is right next to Hotel Patee, less than a block off the trail. Besides the great service, they appeared to have a large selection of clothing and accessories for a small town shop.In Jefferson we spent the night at the Old Lincolnway Hotel. Quaint, cheap, unique, and very nice. If we ever come back, we will definitely stay there again.Day 2 started with a short walk to the Uptown Cafe. The waitress was grumpy and the food slow coming out. But the French Toast made with their homemade cinnamon bread was worth the wait.The trail between Herndon and Yale was like the couple miles north of Herndon: rough. While most of the surface is fine, the intermittent cracks were rough. Not jarring, but enough to be annoying.  Especially those they had tried to fix. After getting to Yale the trail surface was good to excellent the remainder of the trip back to Waukee.We definitely saved the more scenic half of the trail for day 2. It was quite nice almost the entire ride. Much of the trail is in a "tree tunnel" and would be a shady ride on a hot day.We stopped for lunch at Harvey's in Redfield. Thus turned out to be a fabulous choice. The food was nothing short of amazing. We couldn't of had better service, including filling our water bottles. We didn't ask for that, the waitress offered. Every trip on the RRVT should include a stop at Harvey's. With a short detour to Hanging Rock park in Redfield we totalled 53.5 miles on Day 2. The RRVT is a great trail and we highly recommend it.

T-Bone Trail

T-Bone Trail, 25 June 2016

June, 2016 by linda.pf

My wife Linda and I rode the core section of the T-Bone Trail this afternoon. At first, we drove to Albert the Bull Park in Audubon, where we'd intended to start our ride. After paying homage to Albert and stopping at a pit toilet-- the park's running-water facility is intended for campers only-- we drove back to Hamlin, 4 miles to the south, and geared up at the small, facilities-less parking are at the intersection of Iowa 44 and US 71. We then rode south from Hamlin to the intersection of I-80 and US 71, about 3 miles north of the trail's end, and returned.

The trail, as other reviewers have said, is reasonably scenic. To be precise, the trail is mostly a moderately narrow band of prairie scenery that runs sort of along the East Nishnabotna River between various farms and through a couple of easy-on-the-eyes rural towns. The corn and soybeans look healthy this summer. The trail band proper is rich with the usual mid-summer greenery and flowers: e.g., thistle, milkweed, mulberry, even a little orange hawkweed. As for the towns, Brayton, I thought, would be the best place to start a ride. It has a trailside park with ample parking and shade, a picnic pavilion, and bathrooms with running water.

Today, the trail felt reasonably secluded. It was empty of users, save for one walker whom we passed near the trip's start and a cyclist whom we met near the end. US 71, which the trail parallels, was reasonably clear of traffic, due mainly, I think, to a major bridge closing a little south of Hamlin. I would expect traffic to pick up again big-time once the bridge is rebuilt.

One reviewer noted that riders should prepare for wind. We rode today into the teeth of a 10-20 mph south wind. While that wasn't the trail's "fault", it did make for some tough going on hybrid bikes.

While the trail's surface is for the most part good, the main TrailLink page says that the trail is asphalt. That isn't quite true. The northern section is mostly concrete. Well, actually, it's mostly concrete with this strange, extensive rust-colored pitting that makes it look as if a stream of small iron meteorites hit it at some point. Since it's similar to the pitting on the pillars on the High Trestle near Woodward, IA, I'm guessing this is a regional phenomenon. There's one short gravel stretch in the north section, where the trail planners apparently had to route around private property onto 260th street.

The south section does turn to asphalt, except for a very short stretch south of Brayton where the trail was routed away from flood damage to a gravel path paralleling it. That asphalt stretch is one of four concerns that caused me to omit the fifth star. The trail south of Brayton has been patched with tar, in some places extensively, where the asphalt has cracked. While the ride is smooth, Linda and I spent maybe 15 minutes getting tar off the bottom of her bicycle, her frame, and her panniers. Not fun.

The other "not fun" aspects of the ride, which I factored into my not-five-star rating, included

-. the intersection of US 71 and I-80 near the trail's south end, which comes as something of a shock after all the countryside;
-. the tree foliage hanging well over the trail south of Brayton, which could stand a good trim; and
-. the trailside hog farm about a half-mile south 260th street, the fumes from which stung my eyes and throat for a good half-mile of the ride. -- Phil Pfeiffer

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Great Ride, but....

May, 2016 by lsvien_tl

Had a great ride today. The trail is great and you can see that they have put a ton of resources into both the RRVT and the High Trestle Trail. In all our travels I don't thing I have seen as well maintained trail or facilities.

But the trail etiquette of Iowa trail users leaves much to be desired. Every 4th person going down the trail had their personal music system blasting out whatever was their personal favorite tunes and making sure everyone within 100 yards also heard it. Riding 2 and even 3 wide and not slipping into single file when meeting other groups. Stopping on the trail and then sitting there blocking most of the trail while figuring out what their problem was.

We have ridden a bunch of trails in a bunch states and we seek them out as we travel. For a state with so many great trails and the history of the RAGBRI you can do better IA. Your trail etiquette is atrocious.

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Hunting

November, 2015 by joes diner

The Raccoon River Valley Trail is a great trail for fun family rides with a couple of exceptions. The Greene County portion of the trail is rough and in much need of repair and hunting is allowed during biking and walking.
On nice fall/winter biking days you may encounter hunters that are purposefully trying to cause bikes to wreck by allowing their dogs to attack riders.
The Greene County Sheriff's department is hopeful that no one gets shot.
I would caution riding in Greene county during hunting seasons.

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