Storm Lake, IA Trails and Maps

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Holstein Community Trail

1.7 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Iowa Great Lakes Trail

14.3 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail

0.8 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Mill Creek Fitness Trail

0.8 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Pleasant Valley Trail

4.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Puddle Jumper Trail

2 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Russell White Nature Trail

3.8 mi
State: IA
Ballast, Grass

Sauk Rail Trail

33.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Sheldon Recreational Trail

6.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Spencer Recreational Trail

10.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Storm Lake Trail

5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Three Rivers Trail

39.9 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Twin Lakes Trail

7 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Union Bridge Trail

1.7 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Wheels to Heels Trail

3.8 mi
State: IA
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Located in the small city of Holstein, in rural Ida County, Iowa, the Holstein Community Trail is a smooth, concrete trail for walking and biking that spans most of the southeastern edge of town. The...
IA 1.7 mi Concrete
The Iowa Great Lakes resort on the northern border with Minnesota is a longtime destination for fishermen and vacationers who arrived from big cities by rail. Dickinson County employed two different...
IA 14.3 mi Asphalt
Located about thirty miles northeast of Sioux City, the rural community of Kingsley is surrounded by miles and miles of Iowa farmland. Within the small city limits, however, the Kingsley Community...
IA 1.5 mi Concrete
The Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail runs for just under a mile along an old Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad line on the south side of town in the rural community of Laurens. The trail...
IA 0.8 mi Crushed Stone
IA 9 mi
*Please note: Flooding in September 2018 resulted in damage to the section of trail that crosses Mill Creek. Please check with local officials for current trail conditions* Linking the small, rural...
IA 0.8 mi Concrete
The Pleasant Valley Trail is a network of paved, multi-use trail that runs for over four miles throughout the rural city of Ida Grove in western Iowa. Sections of the trail follow the Maple River,...
IA 4.5 mi Concrete
The Puddle Jumper Trail is a 2 mile long rail-trail that connects the western Iowa communities of Orange City and Alton. The trail is surfaced with crushed quartzite and also features a bridle path...
IA 2 mi 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
Sheldon, Iowa bills itself as a city "where family comes first". It makes sense, then why the city would invest in the Sheldon Recreational Trail, which crosses the city from Country Club Road in the...
IA 6.2 mi Asphalt
The Spencer Recreational Trail traverses scenic wetlands and prairies on the outskirts of the small city of Spencer, offering users a peaceful, paved path along the Little Sioux River. The trail...
IA 10.5 mi Concrete
This trail skirts the northern shore of Storm Lake, connecting the town of Lakeside in the west to the Emerald Park subdivision. The trail is made up of off-road concrete pathways and some on-road...
IA 5 mi Concrete
The Three Rivers Trail runs for nearly 40 miles from the small community of Rolfe—named after the early English settler who married Pocahontas—to just west of Eagle Grove. The mostly rural trail is...
IA 39.9 mi Crushed Stone
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
Connecting the small Iowa town of Correctionville to one of Woodbury County's most popular recreation sites, Little Sioux Park, the Union Bridge Trail provides over a mile and a half of paved,...
IA 1.7 mi Concrete
Running through a beautiful expanse of woods and fields just a short distance east of Denison, Iowa, the Wheels to Heels Trail offers residents and visitors to this western Iowa community an...
IA 3.8 mi Concrete

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Trails by activity

Puddle Jumper Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Puddle Jumper Trail is a 2 mile long rail-trail that connects the western Iowa communities of Orange City and Alton. The trail is surfaced with crushed quartzite and also features a bridle path...

Three Rivers Trail

IA - 39.9 miles

The Three Rivers Trail runs for nearly 40 miles from the small community of Rolfe—named after the early English settler who married Pocahontas—to just west of Eagle Grove. The mostly rural trail is...

Iowa Great Lakes Trail

IA - 14.3 miles

The Iowa Great Lakes resort on the northern border with Minnesota is a longtime destination for fishermen and vacationers who arrived from big cities by rail. Dickinson County employed two different...

Sheldon Recreational Trail

IA - 6.2 miles

Sheldon, Iowa bills itself as a city "where family comes first". It makes sense, then why the city would invest in the Sheldon Recreational Trail, which crosses the city from Country Club Road in the...

Accordion

Holstein Community Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

Located in the small city of Holstein, in rural Ida County, Iowa, the Holstein Community Trail is a smooth, concrete trail for walking and biking that spans most of the southeastern edge of town. The...

Kingsley Community Biking and Walking Trail

IA - 1.5 miles

Located about thirty miles northeast of Sioux City, the rural community of Kingsley is surrounded by miles and miles of Iowa farmland. Within the small city limits, however, the Kingsley Community...

Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail

IA - 0.8 miles

The Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail runs for just under a mile along an old Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad line on the south side of town in the rural community of Laurens. The trail...

Wheels to Heels Trail

IA - 3.8 miles

Running through a beautiful expanse of woods and fields just a short distance east of Denison, Iowa, the Wheels to Heels Trail offers residents and visitors to this western Iowa community an...

Storm Lake Trail

IA - 5 miles

This trail skirts the northern shore of Storm Lake, connecting the town of Lakeside in the west to the Emerald Park subdivision. The trail is made up of off-road concrete pathways and some on-road...

Spencer Recreational Trail

IA - 10.5 miles

The Spencer Recreational Trail traverses scenic wetlands and prairies on the outskirts of the small city of Spencer, offering users a peaceful, paved path along the Little Sioux River. The trail...

Pleasant Valley Trail

IA - 4.5 miles

The Pleasant Valley Trail is a network of paved, multi-use trail that runs for over four miles throughout the rural city of Ida Grove in western Iowa. Sections of the trail follow the Maple River,...

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...

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...

Union Bridge Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

Connecting the small Iowa town of Correctionville to one of Woodbury County's most popular recreation sites, Little Sioux Park, the Union Bridge Trail provides over a mile and a half of paved,...

Mill Creek Fitness Trail

IA - 0.8 miles

*Please note: Flooding in September 2018 resulted in damage to the section of trail that crosses Mill Creek. Please check with local officials for current trail conditions* Linking the small, rural...

Wheels to Heels Trail

IA - 3.8 miles

Running through a beautiful expanse of woods and fields just a short distance east of Denison, Iowa, the Wheels to Heels Trail offers residents and visitors to this western Iowa community an...

Puddle Jumper Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Puddle Jumper Trail is a 2 mile long rail-trail that connects the western Iowa communities of Orange City and Alton. The trail is surfaced with crushed quartzite and also features a bridle path...

Kingsley Community Biking and Walking Trail

IA - 1.5 miles

Located about thirty miles northeast of Sioux City, the rural community of Kingsley is surrounded by miles and miles of Iowa farmland. Within the small city limits, however, the Kingsley Community...

Spencer Recreational Trail

IA - 10.5 miles

The Spencer Recreational Trail traverses scenic wetlands and prairies on the outskirts of the small city of Spencer, offering users a peaceful, paved path along the Little Sioux River. The trail...

Accordion

Holstein Community Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

Located in the small city of Holstein, in rural Ida County, Iowa, the Holstein Community Trail is a smooth, concrete trail for walking and biking that spans most of the southeastern edge of town. The...

Three Rivers Trail

IA - 39.9 miles

The Three Rivers Trail runs for nearly 40 miles from the small community of Rolfe—named after the early English settler who married Pocahontas—to just west of Eagle Grove. The mostly rural trail is...

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...

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...

Mill Creek Fitness Trail

IA - 0.8 miles

*Please note: Flooding in September 2018 resulted in damage to the section of trail that crosses Mill Creek. Please check with local officials for current trail conditions* Linking the small, rural...

Union Bridge Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

Connecting the small Iowa town of Correctionville to one of Woodbury County's most popular recreation sites, Little Sioux Park, the Union Bridge Trail provides over a mile and a half of paved,...

Pleasant Valley Trail

IA - 4.5 miles

The Pleasant Valley Trail is a network of paved, multi-use trail that runs for over four miles throughout the rural city of Ida Grove in western Iowa. Sections of the trail follow the Maple River,...

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...

Storm Lake Trail

IA - 5 miles

This trail skirts the northern shore of Storm Lake, connecting the town of Lakeside in the west to the Emerald Park subdivision. The trail is made up of off-road concrete pathways and some on-road...

Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail

IA - 0.8 miles

The Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail runs for just under a mile along an old Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad line on the south side of town in the rural community of Laurens. The trail...

Sheldon Recreational Trail

IA - 6.2 miles

Sheldon, Iowa bills itself as a city "where family comes first". It makes sense, then why the city would invest in the Sheldon Recreational Trail, which crosses the city from Country Club Road in the...

Iowa Great Lakes Trail

IA - 14.3 miles

The Iowa Great Lakes resort on the northern border with Minnesota is a longtime destination for fishermen and vacationers who arrived from big cities by rail. Dickinson County employed two different...

Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail

IA - 0.8 miles

The Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail runs for just under a mile along an old Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad line on the south side of town in the rural community of Laurens. The trail...

Mill Creek Fitness Trail

IA - 0.8 miles

*Please note: Flooding in September 2018 resulted in damage to the section of trail that crosses Mill Creek. Please check with local officials for current trail conditions* Linking the small, rural...

Pleasant Valley Trail

IA - 4.5 miles

The Pleasant Valley Trail is a network of paved, multi-use trail that runs for over four miles throughout the rural city of Ida Grove in western Iowa. Sections of the trail follow the Maple River,...

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...

Accordion

Kingsley Community Biking and Walking Trail

IA - 1.5 miles

Located about thirty miles northeast of Sioux City, the rural community of Kingsley is surrounded by miles and miles of Iowa farmland. Within the small city limits, however, the Kingsley Community...

Three Rivers Trail

IA - 39.9 miles

The Three Rivers Trail runs for nearly 40 miles from the small community of Rolfe—named after the early English settler who married Pocahontas—to just west of Eagle Grove. The mostly rural trail is...

Storm Lake Trail

IA - 5 miles

This trail skirts the northern shore of Storm Lake, connecting the town of Lakeside in the west to the Emerald Park subdivision. The trail is made up of off-road concrete pathways and some on-road...

Puddle Jumper Trail

IA - 2 miles

The Puddle Jumper Trail is a 2 mile long rail-trail that connects the western Iowa communities of Orange City and Alton. The trail is surfaced with crushed quartzite and also features a bridle path...

Iowa Great Lakes Trail

IA - 14.3 miles

The Iowa Great Lakes resort on the northern border with Minnesota is a longtime destination for fishermen and vacationers who arrived from big cities by rail. Dickinson County employed two different...

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...

Sheldon Recreational Trail

IA - 6.2 miles

Sheldon, Iowa bills itself as a city "where family comes first". It makes sense, then why the city would invest in the Sheldon Recreational Trail, which crosses the city from Country Club Road in 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...

Wheels to Heels Trail

IA - 3.8 miles

Running through a beautiful expanse of woods and fields just a short distance east of Denison, Iowa, the Wheels to Heels Trail offers residents and visitors to this western Iowa community an...

Holstein Community Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

Located in the small city of Holstein, in rural Ida County, Iowa, the Holstein Community Trail is a smooth, concrete trail for walking and biking that spans most of the southeastern edge of town. The...

Spencer Recreational Trail

IA - 10.5 miles

The Spencer Recreational Trail traverses scenic wetlands and prairies on the outskirts of the small city of Spencer, offering users a peaceful, paved path along the Little Sioux River. The trail...

Union Bridge Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

Connecting the small Iowa town of Correctionville to one of Woodbury County's most popular recreation sites, Little Sioux Park, the Union Bridge Trail provides over a mile and a half of paved,...

Recent Trail Reviews

Sauk Rail Trail

Great Trail, Smooth Bridges

August, 2020 by behr1842

I rode this trail 8/1/2020 and it is in great condition. A majority of it has newer cement and in the last few years most of the bridges have had cement replace the wood planks, even the wood bridges have newer cement approaches that are smooth. Make sure to ride all the trail in Swan Lake, it is all new along with ride around Black Hawk Lake.

Many places to eat in Carroll but Lakeview is limited. On Sunday Morning no place for breakfast until 9 am, Kathy's Korner is very good food! On Sunday's nothing open between Lakeview and Carroll until 3pm.

Sauk Rail Trail

On ,8/1/2020 rode from Carroll to Lakeview. This is a fantastic trail with most having newish cement, and most bridges are topped with cement with smooth approaches.

August, 2020 by behr1842

On ,8/1/2020 rode from Carroll to Lakeview. This is a fantastic trail with most having newish cement, and most bridges are topped with cement with smooth approaches.

Iowa Great Lakes Trail

Well maintained trails around the lakes!

July, 2020 by judiberkley

We stayed at Gull Point State Park which had direct access to this trail. The first time I rode it I went clockwise starting from the west side of the lake. There was more paved trail than indicated in the app. However I did lose the trail when I got to the east side in Lake Okoboji/Arnold's Park area. The second time I rode the trail, I went counterclockwise and was able to follow trail signage from that direction (mostly). I also rode the trail north to Spirit Lake. Many beautiful sections and the portions not on the trail were little-traveled roads. Very enjoyable!

Accordion

Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail

great local trail

July, 2020 by dawnshipleyjamison

I walk this trail daily with my dog.

Spencer Recreational Trail

nice trail

July, 2020 by swanbl

Just great for general biking for all, even for septigenerian like me(younger folk can just ride faster!), however map isn’t current, it now goes several miles N. of Spencer, almost to Fostoria

Iowa Great Lakes Trail

Fantastic ride

July, 2020 by jennyjune.chambers

This is a great trail. However, we only did 1/2 of it. We started out at the beginning of the trail on the east side of Big Spirit Lake and rode south to Memorial Park. Then we headed back the way we came, but continued West around Big Spirit Lake. This was nearly 16 miles. The directions tell you to park on a gravel lot on 253rd about 1/2 of a mile before the end point. We drove down to the end point to check it out and found several spots along the side of the road where you could park. It was nice to start the trail at the beginning because you get to ride through soy and corn fields. There are a few spots where signage could be improved. But if you just keep in mind that you should always be able to see the lake then you'll intuitively know which direction to go. One of the things I really like about this trail is how little you are on the road. It's nice to be away from cars. Memorial Park was a great spot to stop and have lunch. There are at least 2 covered picnic areas. And there are fairly decent rest rooms. The trail on the west side of Big Spirit Lake ends at an RV park. We rode around in there and realized they have awesome views of the lake. We'll try to stay here in our rig sometime.

Three Rivers Trail

nice trail - no people

June, 2020 by aparrott58

rode from Rolfe to Rutland. We saw few people except 2 trail maintenance guys who were mowing and removing down limbs. The Des Moines River was bankfull+ so the water was very close to the bridge bottom. Nearly rode over a garter snake and a 3' bull snake who was hugging the edge of the grass line. Just a really nice trail that is maintained. The toilets were closed, though, due to Covid.

Wheels to Heels Trail

Yellowsmoke

May, 2020 by gpappy3674

Well, I live here and it is the only safe ride away from traffic. Depending on your training and what you are looking for on a particular ride, will be what you experience. You have 5 medium to hard hills. What you do get is beautiful scenery as you ride around the lake. Be careful not ride too fast as there are quite a few walkers since it is on the edge of residential area. There are some tight and hidden turns.

Russell White Nature Trail

Russell White Nature Trail

December, 2019 by calekistler

Love this little trail. I run/ bike here a lot. The views from the trestle are amazing and a lot of times recently bald eagles have been sitting in the trees nearby the trestle.. lots of wildlife to be seen in general... if you happen to be in the area and need your trail fix this is worth a look. You can start at either end.

Le Mars Recreational Trail

le mars trail

August, 2019 by jgalovich

Bucolic setting and very well maintained. Flat easy ride and would be good for kids. Plenty of signs but could use some arrows on the pavement so you don’t have to stop to look. Don’t miss going to the blue bunny ice cream parlor just a few blocks off the eastern end of the trail.

Le Mars Recreational Trail

All Around the Town

June, 2019 by pedalfree

I came over to Le Mars from central Iowa to ride this trail. I'd heard good things about the town and the configuration of the trail intrigued me. It appeared to connect most of the town, making it possible to bicycle to stores and other destinations, and so I wanted to check it out.

It's a nice trail. The surface is mostly concrete with one or two asphalt sections. It's very smooth and in great shape for the most part. Recent flooding along Floyd Creek appears to have created some problems. There's a missing link where the trail passes under Highway 75. There are rather ominous signs stating that the trail is closed "by police order" warning off people who would try to pass through. They worked with us. and so I can't really comment on the northermost part of the trail.

The rest of it was delightful, though. It does connect the town together. There's a spur that heads off to a Walmart Supercenter, for example. The trail also skirts the community's largest employer, the Wells Blue Bunny ice cream plant. It meanders past the local airport and ends on a county road southwest of town. There are shelters so that people can take cover if the weather turns bad.

The town of Le Mars is very nice and worth spending some time in. We ate at the Iowa BBQ Company downtown and it was fabulous. There's a bike shop in town as well. We wanted to go to the Blue Bunny visitor center but it was "temporarily" closed...I'm not sure why.

All in all, I would say this trail is a model that other small towns can emulate if they wish to make their communities more bicycle friendly. The design, though not perfect, is thoughtful. I know that the winters here can be pretty harsh, and I suspect it's mostly a seasonal resource, but if they plow it as they do similar trails up the road in Minnesota, there's no reason local residents couldn't use it all year round.

Spencer Recreational Trail

Well maintained

April, 2019 by taffy2001

Love running on this trail. It does flood in high waters, but is worth the wait. I always run down Grand Ave and hop on the trail. Super easy access. Beautiful - definitely beats running on the town streets! The trail is well maintained in the winter and frequently plowed. Have frequently seen deer on my runs just off the trail.

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