Marion, IA Horseback Riding Trails and Maps

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Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Sac and Fox Trail

7.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Sac and Fox Trail offers 7.2 miles of beautiful, shady recreation along the Cedar River and Indian Creek on the outskirts of Cedar Rapids. The oldest designated National Recreation Trail in Iowa,...
IA 7.2 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone

Recent Trail Reviews

Heritage Trail (IA)

Beautiful scenery and easy riding

June, 2024 by jessedirk

I have only made it from Sageville to Graf but it is a nice wide crushed stone path with gorgeous scenery from cool rock formations, rolling hills, and streams. Very smooth riding compared to other paths I’ve been on. I will definitely be returning hopefully to finish the trail west.

Heritage Trail (IA)

Heritage Trail - Day 2

June, 2024 by kevin.gruneisen

June 21, 2024
Our second day on the Heritage was even better than the first; more wildlife. It was partly sunny, still hot, and we had a 5 MPH wind from the west, gusting to around 10mph. For this ride we parked at the Epworth parking lot and headed west to Farley. There was quite a bit of elevation on this 4 mile trip (344 feet), which was a total of 5 miles as we went into Farley for lunch. After, we headed east on the trail and went to the Graf parking area. The trail was the same as the day before, perfect. The total elevation on the after lunch ride was only 141 feet. When we got back to Epworth, we were disappointed to see someone hit one of our riders car that was parked there; no note, no nothing, I would have left a note to let the driver know if I hit their car. SMH. It was a bit of a downer to an otherwise great day. Kevin

Heritage Trail (IA)

Heritage Trail is a winner

June, 2024 by kevin.gruneisen

June 20 and 21, 2024
We explored the Heritage trail over two days in June. It was hot, partly sunny with a light breeze out of the west at 9 mph gusting to 15 mph. Day 1 we rode from Dyersville to Farley and return to Dyersville. It was day three in the saddle, so we took it easy and did the 12 miles in just over an hour. There was some elevation, around 250 feet going east. The trail started as asphalt but quickly turned to crushed rock/limestone. It was no issue for the group (one rider had a road back and all was good). This was perfect rails to trails. Covered ride, well maintained path and nature all around us. Was this heaven, no, it was Iowa. I highly recommend the Heritage. One PSA - the trail is not free. There is a pass required and there are several options. We took an annual pass and did not mind the donation. Enjoy the ride and I hope this helps. Kevin

Accordion

Old Creamery Nature Trail

A great opportunity to get away from the stresses of modern life

November, 2023 by jkbalk

I've run on the Old Creamery Nature Trail several dozen times per year for over a decade. As trails go it is well kept, and was even resurfaced a few years ago. When there has been a lot of rain, or after a winter thaw, there can be some muddy areas but those tend to be minimal and are not very common. The Vinton side of the trail is usually in slightly better condition than the Dysart side. Both the Vinton and Dysart ends of the trail are bounded by open farmland. The middle section of the trail for miles on either side of Garrison is mostly wooded and usually provides a chance to spot some wildlife. I've frequently seen eagle, owl, hawk, pheasant, turkey, deer, fox, groundhog, possum, raccoon, coyote and occasionally even a person or two. My experience is that the section from Vinton to Garrison will have a few people on it about half of the time when the weather is nice, but Dysart to Garrison sees almost no traffic so it presents an ideal opportunity for solitude if you are so inclined.

Iowa River Corridor Trail

Excellent Trail

October, 2023 by thekauz

This was a fun trail to ride. Almost 100% concrete, flat and fast. It’s a nice mix of woods, town and suburbs and some industrial areas.

Iowa River Corridor Trail

Pros and Con

September, 2023 by gingerhikes

Pros: Excellent condition, smooth concrete; has a few key things to see; On north end you can travel safely 2 blocks off trail to Red’s Ale House for a nice bite in nice setting. Cons: entire north end from the Waterplant Prairie Park runs along Dubuque Street (very busy) and crosses several intersections. It is a one and done for me, but if you are local, it would be a good “go to” trail.

Grant Wood Trail (Jones County Segment)

First time walking this trail. It's a good trail with pretty views. Will be walking it again.

July, 2023 by mmk291006

First time walking this trail. It's a good trail with pretty views. Will be walking it again.

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Most of trail is nice

July, 2023 by trob4cy

This trail is a great resource for Eastern and Northeastern Iowa. Overall nice trail. There are some places that could use a bit more crushed limestone around Urbana. Bridge in LaPorte City opened back up in 2020 (be sure to stop at Tootsie's).

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

Nice urban trail

July, 2023 by trob4cy

Connects to a lot of other trails. Be sure to stop at Anton's Garden.

Gilroy Rustic Park Trail

Rustic Trail

July, 2023 by joquilter

This was a very peaceful walk on a hot afternoon. Well shaded with trees. Very enjoyable.

Heritage Trail (IA)

Great bike path for all ages

July, 2023 by kimlogan

The crushed limestone is very nice and creates an easy ride. My husband and I were riding our fat tire e-bikes just for reference. It is basically flat but there is one spot where there is an exciting, quick up and down hill. There are very neat selfie and/or photo spots! The Big Foot caught us off guard and we of course had to stop and take a picture! The sights are beautiful! There are some houses along the way that are neat to look at. There is also a stop at Graf Park that has very nice and clean permanent bathrooms. It was really nice to stop at these bathrooms. Highly suggest this route for all age bike riders!!! It is also about 80% shade so if it is really hot...no worries!!!

Heritage Trail (IA)

love this trail

July, 2023 by traillink user

The crushed limestone is very nice and creates an easy ride. My husband and I were riding our fat tire e-bikes just for reference. It is basically flat but there is one spot where there is an exciting, quick up and down hill. There are very neat selfie and/or photo spots! The Big Foot caught us off guard and we of course had to stop and take a picture! The sights are beautiful! There are some houses along the way that are neat to look at. There is also a stop at Graf Park that has very nice and clean permanent bathrooms. It was really nice to stop at these bathrooms. Highly suggest this route for all age bike riders!!! It is also about 80% shade so if it is really hot…no worries!!!

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