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Cedar Prairie Trail

7.9 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

6.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

67.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Denver-Jefferson Trail

1.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt
Accordion

Grundy County Lake Trail

3 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

18 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Harry Cook Nature Trail

2 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

NIACC Trail

2.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Pioneer Trail

11.5 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail

20 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Readlyn Grump Trail

6.3 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Riverside Trail (IA)

1.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Rolling Prairie Trail

15 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Sergeant Road Trail

9.9 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Shooting Star State Trail

18.8 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

South Riverside Trail

3.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Trolley Trail (Waterloo)

1.4 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Trout Run Trail

11 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

18.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Waverly Rail Trail

7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Winnebago Trail

2 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Cedar Prairie Trail is an important component of the extensive trail system in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between the South Riverside Trail at Waterloo Road and the Sergeant Road Trail along ...
IA 7.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between Main Street on the north bank of the Cedar River in Cedar City and Longfellow Avenue ...
IA 6.5 mi Asphalt
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail—part of the cross-country American Discovery Trail— follows the fertile Cedar River between Evansdale and Ely. The 68-mile trail comprises three former trails—the Cedar Valley ...
IA 67.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Charley Western Recreational Trailway provides a useful off-road route around the outer limits of Charles City. Built on the site of the former Charles City Western Railway, the trail runs along the ...
IA 4 mi Asphalt
The Denver-Jefferson Trail, also known as the Jefferson City Trail, offers a short north-south connector between the Waverly Rail Trail and the small city of Denver in eastern Iowa. At its southern end, ...
IA 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Grundy County Lake Trail circles its namesake 40-acre lake, where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, boating, and many other recreational opportunities. The paved trail then continues north, crossing ...
IA 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is ...
MN 18 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Harry Cook Nature Trail runs for 2 miles from the edge of the small city of Osage, Iowa to the city's public Spring Park. The trail, which opened in the early 1990s, occupies the bed of an abandoned ...
IA 2 mi Crushed Stone
The NIACC Trail in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, connects the campus of North Iowa Area Community College with the edge of downtown Mason City. The trail provides a convenient and safe alternative to biking ...
IA 2.2 mi Asphalt
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. ...
IA 11.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Prairie Farmer Rec. Trail (a.k.a. Winneshiek County Trail) was named for a radio show once broadcast throughout the Midwest. The trail occupies the right-of-way of the former Milwaukee Railroad, which ...
IA 20 mi Asphalt
The Readlyn Grump Trail offers a 6-mile paved path across Bremer County with views of open fields, several streams, and a bridge over Quarter Section Run. It begins at the terminus for the Waverly Rail ...
IA 6.3 mi Asphalt
Charles City's Riverside Trail runs for a little over a mile along the banks of the Cedar River, providing gorgeous views and recreational opportunities, as well as access to several city parks. Starting ...
IA 1.2 mi Asphalt
When complete, the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System will connect several communities and two state parks as it travels through quintessential northeastern Iowa prairie. Following an 80-mile east-west ...
IA 15 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Sergeant Road Trail is part of the larger trails system in the Cedar Valley region of Iowa, which includes the cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo. The trail parallels US 63—also known as Sergeant Road—from ...
IA 9.9 mi Asphalt
The Shell Rock River Trail, also known as the Butler County Nature Trail, connects the eastern edge of Clarksville with the community of Shell Rock. The trail runs through open fields and at times approaches ...
IA 5.9 mi Asphalt
Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched from ...
MN 18.8 mi Asphalt
The South Riverside Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between Main Street at the Cedar Falls Recreation Center and the Greenhill Trail just west of ...
IA 3.5 mi Asphalt
Most of northern Iowa's Trolley Trail is a straight line paralleling both 255th St./4th Ave. and the operational trolley tracks on the other side of the road. But what the Trolley Trail may lack in variety ...
IA 6.2 mi Asphalt
Black Hawk County’s Trolley Trail, also known as the Trolley Car Trail, runs for less than 2 miles in western Waterloo. The trail is the lone vestige of the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway’s ...
IA 1.4 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
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, ...
IA 11 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The 18.5 mile long Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail follows the abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway grade between Riceville and the Iowa/Minnesota State Line. The corridor was originally built by the ...
IA 18.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Waverly Rail Trail is one of northeast Iowa's finest scenic bike and hike trails. Beginning on the west side of the Cedar River in Waverly, the trail heads southeast and crosses an awe-inspiring bridge ...
IA 7 mi Asphalt
Mason City's Winnebago Trail connects MacNider Campground, East Park, residential neighborhoods and the city's municipal swimming pool with the Lime Creek Nature Center just outside city limits. Along ...
IA 2 mi Crushed Stone

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Cedar Prairie Trail

IA - 7.9 miles

The Cedar Prairie Trail is an important component of the extensive trail system in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between the South Riverside Trail at Waterloo Road and the Sergeant Road Trail along ...

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

IA - 6.5 miles

The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between Main Street on the north bank of the Cedar River in Cedar City and Longfellow Avenue ...

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

IA - 67.8 miles

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail—part of the cross-country American Discovery Trail— follows the fertile Cedar River between Evansdale and Ely. The 68-mile trail comprises three former trails—the Cedar Valley ...

Charley Western Recreational Trailway

IA - 4 miles

The Charley Western Recreational Trailway provides a useful off-road route around the outer limits of Charles City. Built on the site of the former Charles City Western Railway, the trail runs along the ...

Accordion

Charley Western Recreational Trailway

IA - 4 miles

The Charley Western Recreational Trailway provides a useful off-road route around the outer limits of Charles City. Built on the site of the former Charles City Western Railway, the trail runs along the ...

Denver-Jefferson Trail

IA - 1.8 miles

The Denver-Jefferson Trail, also known as the Jefferson City Trail, offers a short north-south connector between the Waverly Rail Trail and the small city of Denver in eastern Iowa. At its southern end, ...

Grundy County Lake Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Grundy County Lake Trail circles its namesake 40-acre lake, where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, boating, and many other recreational opportunities. The paved trail then continues north, crossing ...

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

MN - 18 miles

The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is ...

Harry Cook Nature Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Harry Cook Nature Trail runs for 2 miles from the edge of the small city of Osage, Iowa to the city's public Spring Park. The trail, which opened in the early 1990s, occupies the bed of an abandoned ...

NIACC Trail

IA - 2.2 miles

The NIACC Trail in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, connects the campus of North Iowa Area Community College with the edge of downtown Mason City. The trail provides a convenient and safe alternative to biking ...

Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail

IA - 20 miles

The Prairie Farmer Rec. Trail (a.k.a. Winneshiek County Trail) was named for a radio show once broadcast throughout the Midwest. The trail occupies the right-of-way of the former Milwaukee Railroad, which ...

Readlyn Grump Trail

IA - 6.3 miles

The Readlyn Grump Trail offers a 6-mile paved path across Bremer County with views of open fields, several streams, and a bridge over Quarter Section Run. It begins at the terminus for the Waverly Rail ...

Riverside Trail (IA)

IA - 1.2 miles

Charles City's Riverside Trail runs for a little over a mile along the banks of the Cedar River, providing gorgeous views and recreational opportunities, as well as access to several city parks. Starting ...

Rolling Prairie Trail

IA - 15 miles

When complete, the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System will connect several communities and two state parks as it travels through quintessential northeastern Iowa prairie. Following an 80-mile east-west ...

Sergeant Road Trail

IA - 9.9 miles

The Sergeant Road Trail is part of the larger trails system in the Cedar Valley region of Iowa, which includes the cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo. The trail parallels US 63—also known as Sergeant Road—from ...

Shooting Star State Trail

MN - 18.8 miles

Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched from ...

South Riverside Trail

IA - 3.5 miles

The South Riverside Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between Main Street at the Cedar Falls Recreation Center and the Greenhill Trail just west of ...

Trolley Trail (Clear Lake/Mason City)

IA - 6.2 miles

Most of northern Iowa's Trolley Trail is a straight line paralleling both 255th St./4th Ave. and the operational trolley tracks on the other side of the road. But what the Trolley Trail may lack in variety ...

Trolley Trail (Waterloo)

IA - 1.4 miles

Black Hawk County’s Trolley Trail, also known as the Trolley Car Trail, runs for less than 2 miles in western Waterloo. The trail is the lone vestige of the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway’s ...

Trout Run Trail

IA - 11 miles

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, ...

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

IA - 18.5 miles

The 18.5 mile long Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail follows the abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway grade between Riceville and the Iowa/Minnesota State Line. The corridor was originally built by the ...

Waverly Rail Trail

IA - 7 miles

The Waverly Rail Trail is one of northeast Iowa's finest scenic bike and hike trails. Beginning on the west side of the Cedar River in Waverly, the trail heads southeast and crosses an awe-inspiring bridge ...

Winnebago Trail

IA - 2 miles

Mason City's Winnebago Trail connects MacNider Campground, East Park, residential neighborhoods and the city's municipal swimming pool with the Lime Creek Nature Center just outside city limits. Along ...

Cedar Prairie Trail

IA - 7.9 miles

The Cedar Prairie Trail is an important component of the extensive trail system in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between the South Riverside Trail at Waterloo Road and the Sergeant Road Trail along ...

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

IA - 6.5 miles

The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between Main Street on the north bank of the Cedar River in Cedar City and Longfellow Avenue ...

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

IA - 67.8 miles

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail—part of the cross-country American Discovery Trail— follows the fertile Cedar River between Evansdale and Ely. The 68-mile trail comprises three former trails—the Cedar Valley ...

Charley Western Recreational Trailway

IA - 4 miles

The Charley Western Recreational Trailway provides a useful off-road route around the outer limits of Charles City. Built on the site of the former Charles City Western Railway, the trail runs along the ...

Accordion

Charley Western Recreational Trailway

IA - 4 miles

The Charley Western Recreational Trailway provides a useful off-road route around the outer limits of Charles City. Built on the site of the former Charles City Western Railway, the trail runs along the ...

Denver-Jefferson Trail

IA - 1.8 miles

The Denver-Jefferson Trail, also known as the Jefferson City Trail, offers a short north-south connector between the Waverly Rail Trail and the small city of Denver in eastern Iowa. At its southern end, ...

Grundy County Lake Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Grundy County Lake Trail circles its namesake 40-acre lake, where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, boating, and many other recreational opportunities. The paved trail then continues north, crossing ...

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

MN - 18 miles

The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is ...

Harry Cook Nature Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Harry Cook Nature Trail runs for 2 miles from the edge of the small city of Osage, Iowa to the city's public Spring Park. The trail, which opened in the early 1990s, occupies the bed of an abandoned ...

NIACC Trail

IA - 2.2 miles

The NIACC Trail in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, connects the campus of North Iowa Area Community College with the edge of downtown Mason City. The trail provides a convenient and safe alternative to biking ...

Pioneer Trail

IA - 11.5 miles

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. ...

Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail

IA - 20 miles

The Prairie Farmer Rec. Trail (a.k.a. Winneshiek County Trail) was named for a radio show once broadcast throughout the Midwest. The trail occupies the right-of-way of the former Milwaukee Railroad, which ...

Readlyn Grump Trail

IA - 6.3 miles

The Readlyn Grump Trail offers a 6-mile paved path across Bremer County with views of open fields, several streams, and a bridge over Quarter Section Run. It begins at the terminus for the Waverly Rail ...

Riverside Trail (IA)

IA - 1.2 miles

Charles City's Riverside Trail runs for a little over a mile along the banks of the Cedar River, providing gorgeous views and recreational opportunities, as well as access to several city parks. Starting ...

Rolling Prairie Trail

IA - 15 miles

When complete, the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System will connect several communities and two state parks as it travels through quintessential northeastern Iowa prairie. Following an 80-mile east-west ...

Sergeant Road Trail

IA - 9.9 miles

The Sergeant Road Trail is part of the larger trails system in the Cedar Valley region of Iowa, which includes the cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo. The trail parallels US 63—also known as Sergeant Road—from ...

Shell Rock River Trail (Butler County Nature Trail)

IA - 5.9 miles

The Shell Rock River Trail, also known as the Butler County Nature Trail, connects the eastern edge of Clarksville with the community of Shell Rock. The trail runs through open fields and at times approaches ...

Shooting Star State Trail

MN - 18.8 miles

Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched from ...

South Riverside Trail

IA - 3.5 miles

The South Riverside Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between Main Street at the Cedar Falls Recreation Center and the Greenhill Trail just west of ...

Trolley Trail (Clear Lake/Mason City)

IA - 6.2 miles

Most of northern Iowa's Trolley Trail is a straight line paralleling both 255th St./4th Ave. and the operational trolley tracks on the other side of the road. But what the Trolley Trail may lack in variety ...

Trolley Trail (Waterloo)

IA - 1.4 miles

Black Hawk County’s Trolley Trail, also known as the Trolley Car Trail, runs for less than 2 miles in western Waterloo. The trail is the lone vestige of the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway’s ...

Trout Run Trail

IA - 11 miles

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, ...

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

IA - 18.5 miles

The 18.5 mile long Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail follows the abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway grade between Riceville and the Iowa/Minnesota State Line. The corridor was originally built by the ...

Waverly Rail Trail

IA - 7 miles

The Waverly Rail Trail is one of northeast Iowa's finest scenic bike and hike trails. Beginning on the west side of the Cedar River in Waverly, the trail heads southeast and crosses an awe-inspiring bridge ...

Winnebago Trail

IA - 2 miles

Mason City's Winnebago Trail connects MacNider Campground, East Park, residential neighborhoods and the city's municipal swimming pool with the Lime Creek Nature Center just outside city limits. Along ...

Cedar Prairie Trail

IA - 7.9 miles

The Cedar Prairie Trail is an important component of the extensive trail system in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between the South Riverside Trail at Waterloo Road and the Sergeant Road Trail along ...

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

IA - 6.5 miles

The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between Main Street on the north bank of the Cedar River in Cedar City and Longfellow Avenue ...

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

IA - 67.8 miles

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail—part of the cross-country American Discovery Trail— follows the fertile Cedar River between Evansdale and Ely. The 68-mile trail comprises three former trails—the Cedar Valley ...

Charley Western Recreational Trailway

IA - 4 miles

The Charley Western Recreational Trailway provides a useful off-road route around the outer limits of Charles City. Built on the site of the former Charles City Western Railway, the trail runs along the ...

Accordion

Denver-Jefferson Trail

IA - 1.8 miles

The Denver-Jefferson Trail, also known as the Jefferson City Trail, offers a short north-south connector between the Waverly Rail Trail and the small city of Denver in eastern Iowa. At its southern end, ...

Grundy County Lake Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Grundy County Lake Trail circles its namesake 40-acre lake, where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, boating, and many other recreational opportunities. The paved trail then continues north, crossing ...

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

MN - 18 miles

The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is ...

Harry Cook Nature Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Harry Cook Nature Trail runs for 2 miles from the edge of the small city of Osage, Iowa to the city's public Spring Park. The trail, which opened in the early 1990s, occupies the bed of an abandoned ...

NIACC Trail

IA - 2.2 miles

The NIACC Trail in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, connects the campus of North Iowa Area Community College with the edge of downtown Mason City. The trail provides a convenient and safe alternative to biking ...

Pioneer Trail

IA - 11.5 miles

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. ...

Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail

IA - 20 miles

The Prairie Farmer Rec. Trail (a.k.a. Winneshiek County Trail) was named for a radio show once broadcast throughout the Midwest. The trail occupies the right-of-way of the former Milwaukee Railroad, which ...

Readlyn Grump Trail

IA - 6.3 miles

The Readlyn Grump Trail offers a 6-mile paved path across Bremer County with views of open fields, several streams, and a bridge over Quarter Section Run. It begins at the terminus for the Waverly Rail ...

Riverside Trail (IA)

IA - 1.2 miles

Charles City's Riverside Trail runs for a little over a mile along the banks of the Cedar River, providing gorgeous views and recreational opportunities, as well as access to several city parks. Starting ...

Rolling Prairie Trail

IA - 15 miles

When complete, the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System will connect several communities and two state parks as it travels through quintessential northeastern Iowa prairie. Following an 80-mile east-west ...

Sergeant Road Trail

IA - 9.9 miles

The Sergeant Road Trail is part of the larger trails system in the Cedar Valley region of Iowa, which includes the cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo. The trail parallels US 63—also known as Sergeant Road—from ...

Shell Rock River Trail (Butler County Nature Trail)

IA - 5.9 miles

The Shell Rock River Trail, also known as the Butler County Nature Trail, connects the eastern edge of Clarksville with the community of Shell Rock. The trail runs through open fields and at times approaches ...

Shooting Star State Trail

MN - 18.8 miles

Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched from ...

South Riverside Trail

IA - 3.5 miles

The South Riverside Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. The trail runs between Main Street at the Cedar Falls Recreation Center and the Greenhill Trail just west of ...

Trolley Trail (Clear Lake/Mason City)

IA - 6.2 miles

Most of northern Iowa's Trolley Trail is a straight line paralleling both 255th St./4th Ave. and the operational trolley tracks on the other side of the road. But what the Trolley Trail may lack in variety ...

Trolley Trail (Waterloo)

IA - 1.4 miles

Black Hawk County’s Trolley Trail, also known as the Trolley Car Trail, runs for less than 2 miles in western Waterloo. The trail is the lone vestige of the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway’s ...

Trout Run Trail

IA - 11 miles

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, ...

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

IA - 18.5 miles

The 18.5 mile long Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail follows the abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway grade between Riceville and the Iowa/Minnesota State Line. The corridor was originally built by the ...

Waverly Rail Trail

IA - 7 miles

The Waverly Rail Trail is one of northeast Iowa's finest scenic bike and hike trails. Beginning on the west side of the Cedar River in Waverly, the trail heads southeast and crosses an awe-inspiring bridge ...

Winnebago Trail

IA - 2 miles

Mason City's Winnebago Trail connects MacNider Campground, East Park, residential neighborhoods and the city's municipal swimming pool with the Lime Creek Nature Center just outside city limits. Along ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Cedar Valley Trail

October, 2016 by trailsguy88

This is a great trail for novice riders, or those getting into shape. It's an old rail trail, so it's flat. It's very scenic and a nice ride. There is trail damage from a recent flood and a section near Waterloo is completely washed out. It's closed there, but you can get through if you can carry your bike. I did almost 27 miles and greatly enjoyed it!

Trout Run Trail

very nice trail

July, 2016 by tnsa1

I highly recommend this trail; it is one of the nicest that I have rode. The views are wonderful, and there are plenty of places to stop and take it all in. Yes there are hills, but the climbs are worth the effort. If you are in the area this one is a must do!

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

Area secret - nice trail

July, 2016 by jlvcats

Trail was more interesting than I was expecting. Seems like it's location probably keeps it a bit of a secret. I would definitely ride it again. Some more details below:
It had changing scenery including rural (fields doing well in July, Amish family farming, horses with foals), wooded areas (some tunnel-like with trees), deer crossed the path, many birds and other wildlife, long boardwalk/deck trail through wetland, all with mostly level grade with some curves and short hills for some variety. Several miles were actually concrete instead of asphalt (I've never encountered that on a public trail before).
Had the trail mostly to ourselves on a holiday. It is in great condition except for just a few minor spots that were marked.
Only "neutral" comments are that we started in Riceville at the trailhead, but the parking lot only contained 1 non-HC spot. However the street was bare so we simply parked on it. Don't know if it ever gets so busy where that would be a problem.
Signage is better than many trails, but couple times needed to look around a bit more to find which direction the trail continued (when crossing some gravel roads), had to shortly go onto some rural (low travel) roads for a bit, and then there is the one short section that requires riding on a country gravel road to "portage" to the trail. This gap was somewhere around 11 miles north of Riceville, so you could skip that and get a nice 22 mile round trip in witout it.

Accordion

Shooting Star State Trail

Pleasant ride, couple of bumps

July, 2016 by krbailleucpa

This is a pleasant enough trail. Most of it runs along beside a highway, but in many places there are trees and bushes shielding you from the road. The trail is asphalt, but there are several places where there are big bumps, as if the asphalt was put down in sections, with small breaks between each section. Many of the bumps have been marked with red paint, but the paint has faded and the bumps are still difficult to steer around.
The eastern end, approaching Le Roy, moves away from the highway and winds around a state park. It's quite pretty and very secluded and shady.

Trout Run Trail

Nice, but oh, those hills!

July, 2016 by krbailleucpa

The Trout Run Trail is actually a big loop around the town of Decorah. The east and north sides are mostly flat, as it winds around the edge of town. But the west and south sides are nothing but up and down and up again. Many hills are switchbacks, so even when you get a downhill, you have to apply the brakes and carefully steer around sharp curves, so you don't even get to coast for as long as you'd like.
Despite the excruciating hills, it is an attractive well-maintained trail, with scenery ranging from residential to industrial to riverside bluffs to open farmers' fields.

Cedar Prairie Trail

Paw Park

October, 2015 by noeljkelller

Found parking at Paw Park with facilities. Trail surface is in good condition. North from Paw Park is through Commercial area. South some shade & scenic to Prairie Lakes Park. Many unmarked side trails that can confuse. Great Mayor Bridge across SR58. Noel Keller 8 Sep 15

Trolley Trail (Clear Lake/Mason City)

Mason City to Clear Lake

October, 2015 by tammy.crookshank

Took the trail from Newman High School to Clear Lake and back. The trail condition is good. The trail runs along a busy highway. It is relatively flat and an easy ride. The trail does continue around the lake but much of it is on the road around Clear Lake that is marked ""shared road" but does not have a dedicated bike lane. Lots of bike friendly signs but no safety markings on the road. Lake view is often blocked by houses. Streets are busy.

Denver-Jefferson Trail

Short Trail

October, 2015 by noeljkelller

Excellent surface on Trail along Hwy 63 and the bike lane into Denver. Nice Trail Head with Parking. Noel Keller 8 Sep 15

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

Worth the long drive.

October, 2015 by gutwrencher

While I enjoyed the Root River trail from Lanesboro tut o Houston and back, It was anticlimactic or me. Yes....we were forced to miss the peak fall colors, but it was sunny but windy and cool....around 57. The best discovery was actually the Pedal Pushers Cafe in Lanesboro. The next day it was colder with highs flexing between 46 and 52....and NO sun. Despite this, it was the best ride of the weekend. LOVE this trail. Fun hills, good veiws, very few cyclists between Preston and Harmony. Estellas in Harmony....some of the best food anywhere on texting trail system. Drove up from Iowa City and will return.

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Snorecity

August, 2015 by gutwrencher

flat and painfully boring.

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Wonderful!

August, 2015 by slhowsare

Absolutely wonderful trail! New asphalt, wide, well maintained, varied landscapes so scenic. Only negatives are the busy road crossings.

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

August, 2015 by sasliger

Love this trail. Thank you to all who maintain this. Can't wait to get back to ride it again.

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