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Explore the best rated trails in Iowa City, IA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Old Creamery Nature Trail and CEMAR Trail. With more than 44 trails covering 4086 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Mississippi River Trail (Riverdale to Davenport)

Lots to view while riding. One of the best trails in Eastern Iowa. Stopped at the Village for lunch with lots of eating establishments.Ann

November, 2022 by sparny1217

Lots to view while riding. One of the best trails in Eastern Iowa. Stopped at the Village for lunch with lots of eating establishments.Ann

Kewash Nature Trail

Stopped here on my way across country on I 80. Worth the diversion, good surface and shade. Harvest time in Iowa so plenty to see. Good camping close by in Hills Iowa.

November, 2022 by jmebane7

Stopped here on my way across country on I 80. Worth the diversion, good surface and shade. Harvest time in Iowa so plenty to see. Good camping close by in Hills Iowa.

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Rode from Gilbertville to Hiawatha and the trail is in good shape throughout. Doable with a road bike, but a hybrid or something with a slightly wider tire is best on the unpaved section from the Cedar River to Urbana.

October, 2022 by jcmacqueen.jm

Rode from Gilbertville to Hiawatha and the trail is in good shape throughout. Doable with a road bike, but a hybrid or something with a slightly wider tire is best on the unpaved section from the Cedar River to Urbana.

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Hoover Nature Trail

The first part was fully overgrown. Maybe the sections in the north get better...

August, 2022 by wriesnik.elias

The first part was fully overgrown. Maybe the sections in the north get better...

Great American Rail-Trail

A nice ride. The hub is a good place to start.

August, 2022 by jodieo1

A nice ride. The hub is a good place to start.

Sac and Fox Trail

My go to happy place!!!!

July, 2022 by williams.jo.ashley

This is my favorite trail I have found so far. It’s never really crowded. The trail is clean and beautiful. It’s a nice easy walk. Get place to reconnect with Mother Nature! ¿¿¿¿¿¿

Great River Trail

Great River Trail

July, 2022 by dynomight

We rode the Great River Trail from our hotel outside of Thomson, IL and headed south past Fulton (little over 18 mile ride from our hotel). We turned around a little past Fulton because we hit rather large gravel and didn't want to wind up with a flat tire. This area of the trail is about 50-50 road and trail. One section of road that was asphalt was in pretty bad shape. Signage was poor, no place to potty, no place to get water, and not well shaded. While we didn't go on the middle of the trail, we did drive past it. It looks like a lot of that goes along IL84. We did spend another day going from Hampton, IL to Rock Island. Signage was much better, river view most of the way, and plenty of places to stop along the way.

Great American Rail-Trail

so good

July, 2022 by fear2321

We took electric scooters and did 16miles of this trail was so beautiful seen 6 deer 5 turkeys will glad go back and explore more

Mississippi River Trail (Riverdale to Davenport)

Easy riding along Mississippi

June, 2022 by hilbertdr

We rode the segment from the I-74 bridge to Credit Island. The trail is in good shape and there are great views of the river most of the way. The part from I-74 to the Centennial bridge was a little crowded on a beautiful Sunday but the rest of the ride there were very few people.

Great River Trail

Interesting ride through Quad Cities

June, 2022 by hilbertdr

We rode a short segment from Sunset Park in Rock Island to the I-74 bridge. Great views of the Mississippi along with some of the industrial infrastructure we enjoy seeing along bike trails. The paving was in pretty good shape and it was easy riding.

Kewash Nature Trail

Improved with concrete path

June, 2022 by marykayboeding

Have ridden this many times. Went yesterday & they have paved a portion of it on way to West Chester.

Trail is straight little to no grade. We always see deer, chipmunks, birds & snakes.

Unpaved ,portion is pretty much dirt packed with little to no pea rock. Rutted in spots bc of rains.

Overall a decent trail. Hope to see more improvements!

Mormon Handcart Trail

Narrow paved trail that winds through the trees.. It was a little muddy when I went, stay on the trail

May, 2022 by tagalloway6

Narrow paved trail that winds through the trees.. It was a little muddy when I went, stay on the trail

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