Marion, IA Running Trails and Maps

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C.R. Roberts Memorial Trail

1 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

16 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

70.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Central City Trail (IA)

3 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Court Hill Trail

2.8 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Gilroy Rustic Park Trail

0.5 mi
State: IA
Ballast, Grass

Grant Wood Trail (Jones County Segment)

2.7 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

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

Heritage Trail (IA)

29.4 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Iowa River Corridor Trail

18.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Kewash Nature Trail

13.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mormon Handcart Trail

0.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Sac and Fox Trail

7.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Solon-Lake Macbride Recreation Trail

5.3 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

South Riverside Trail

8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Clear Creek Trail (IA)

8 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Grant Wood Trail (Linn County Segment)

14.3 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Grass, Gravel

Old Creamery Nature Trail

15.3 mi
State: IA
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Boyson Trail

3.4 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Hoover Nature Trail

27.7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
Accordion

218 Trail

1.43 mi
State: IA
Concrete

CEMAR Trail

5.4 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Cedar Street Trail

1.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Coral Ridge Avenue Trail

1.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Dovetail Recreation Trail

1.3 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Edgewood Trail

1.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Ellis Trail

3.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Evansdale Nature Trail

1.9 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Gilbert Drive Trail

1 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Hershey Avenue Trail

0.7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Highway 1 Trail

1.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Highway 6 Trail

1 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Lower Finkbine Trail

0.9 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Manchester Walkway/Bikeway Trails

3.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Trail

3.54 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Muddy Creek Trail

1.8 mi
State: IA
Concrete

North Ridge Trail

6.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Oakdale Boulevard Trail

3.7 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Ranshaw Way Trail

1.4 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Riverview Recreation Area Trail

2.7 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Sergeant Road Trail

9.9 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Shaulis Road Trail

5.59 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Sycamore Greenway Trail

2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Willow Creek Trail (Iowa City)

1.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The C.R Roberts Memorial Trail in Dysart picks up right on the western end of the Old Creamery Nature Trail which travels all the way to Vinton via Garrison. Unlike the latter trail, this trail is...
IA 1 mi Asphalt
The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail follows a heavily wooded route along the Cedar River, passing Alice Wyth Lake, Fisher Lake, George Wyth Lake and Brinker Lake. The opportunities for recreation are...
IA 16 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The Cedar Valley Nature Trail follows the fertile Cedar River between Evansdale and Ely. The 70.6-mile trail comprises three former trails—the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, the Cedar River...
IA 70.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Central City Trail winds for 3 miles along the banks of the Wapsinicon River, running through Pinicon Ridge County Park into downtown Central City. Pinicon Ridge County Park is 966 acres of...
IA 3 mi Concrete
The Court Hill Trail is a concrete pathway that provides a connection between four local parks in the neighborhoods of eastern Iowa City. Starting in the west at Creekside Park, the trail passes...
IA 2.8 mi Concrete
Located in the quaint community of Lost Nation, the Gilroy Rustic Park Trail is one of the most picturesque places in Clinton County. The half-mile path is lined with trees and, although the trail is...
IA 0.5 mi Ballast, Grass
Nearly 3 miles of the Grant Wood Trail in Jones County has been constructed so far (2012) along a former Milwaukee Road right-of-way in Marion and Olin. The trail is named for the early 20th-century...
IA 2.7 mi Crushed Stone
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 Heritage Trail rolls along like a dream for nearly 30 miles from the Mississippi River town of Dubuque to Dyersville, home of the movie set for Field of Dreams. Along the way it passes through the...
IA 29.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Meandering along the Iowa River through Iowa City and North Liberty, this trail offers residents and visitors alike with an invaluable off-road link between the two cities. Numerous offshoots of the...
IA 18.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Kewash Nature Trail winds for nearly 14 miles between the towns of Keota and Washington. These endpoints were creatively combined to form the trail's name. The trail has a crushed limestone...
IA 13.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Located in a creekside park on the outskirts of the campus of the Univeristy of Iowa, visitors who travel on the Mormon Handcart Trail will learn quite a bit about the journey that the Mormon handcart...
IA 0.5 mi Asphalt
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
The Solon–Lake Macbride Recreation Trail runs for 5 miles between the scenic state park and the town of Solon to the east. The popular trail is perfect for cycling or walking and skiing or...
IA 5.3 mi Crushed Stone
The South Riverside Trail is one in a series of trail systems throughout Cedar Falls, Iowa. Starting at the northern endpoint in Cedar Falls, the first section of the trail runs from Main street at...
IA 8 mi Asphalt
The Clear Creek Trail is a paved trail for cyclists and pedestrians that spans a lengthy, beautifully-wooded corridor along the Clear Creek, which travels along the southern edge of the communities of...
IA 8 mi Concrete
Running along a former railroad corridor in Linn County, the Grant Wood Trail is being developed in phases. The trail is named for the early 20th-century Iowa artist, perhaps best known for his...
IA 14.3 mi Asphalt, Grass, Gravel
The Old Creamery Nature Trail, running between Vinton and Dysart, is so named for the Old Creamery Theater Company building in Garrison, another tiny farm community through which the trail passes. The...
IA 15.3 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The tranquil, tree-lined Boyson Trail runs along Indian Creek and Dry Creek in western Marion. The crushed limestone trail connects neighborhoods, shopping areas, and several parks (north to south):...
IA 3.4 mi Crushed Stone
The Hoover Nature Trail is a developing rail-trail in southeastern Iowa being built on a former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad right-of-way. The trail is named for President Herbert Hoover,...
IA 27.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
Accordion
Passing over the same ground that Mormon pioneers once crossed on their way out west, the Mormon Trek/Coralville Strip Nature Trail provides a welcome dose of historical reflection and natural beauty...
IA 0.8 mi Concrete
Named for the U.S. Highway that the trail follows, the 218 Trail is far from the most scenic trail in the Waterloo area's impressive trail network, but it does form a very important connection in that...
IA 1.43 mi Concrete
The CeMar Trail between Cedar Rapids and Marion, in eastern Iowa, continues to take shape. As of 2023, there are over five miles open for use. The trail was pitched in 1992 and it took a decade to see...
IA 5.4 mi Asphalt
The Cedar Street Trail begins on Houser Street in northwest Muscatine and runs until Parham Road over a mile east. It’s a neighborhood trail connecting residents to the homes, schools, businesses,...
IA 1.2 mi Asphalt
While you might have to look a bit far afield to find any living reefs near the city of Coralville, Iowa, you don't have to look far to find a nice trail for biking and walking, thanks to the Coral...
IA 1.5 mi Concrete
The Dovetail Recreation Trail is a short community pathway that runs through developing neighborhoods in the eastern edge of the suburb of Coralville, just north of Iowa City. The concrete trail...
IA 1.3 mi Concrete
The Edgewood multiuse trail connects residents along Edgewood Road to the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The concrete trail sits in the grassy margin of the road, and stretches from O Avenue...
IA 1.2 mi Concrete
Ellis Trail gets you as close to the Cedar River as you can get without getting your feet wet. The paved path traces the west bank of the river, running for over three miles one-way, with a sidewalk...
IA 3.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Evansdale Nature Trail connects both residential and commercial areas in the northeastern Iowa city of Evansdale. One of the most charming aspects of the trail is the abundance of trees along its...
IA 1.9 mi Asphalt
Although only a mile long, the Gilbert Drive Trail is a key connector between two other trails in the northeastern Iowa community of Evansdale. To the west, it intersects with the Cedar Valley Nature...
IA 1 mi Concrete
The Hershey Avenue Trail, paralleling its namesake roadway for just under a mile, serves as an east-west connector for the City of Muscatine. The paved pathway begins at the intersection of Hershey...
IA 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Highway 1 Trail is an urban sidepath trail that follows a stretch of the highway through southwestern Iowa City, providing a useful commuting alternative to the busy roadway. The trail, while...
IA 1.2 mi Concrete
A sidepath trail that runs follows a section of highway east of the Iowa River in Iowa City, the Highway 6 Trail is a paved pathway that helps connect residents with shopping destinations and...
IA 1 mi Concrete
A concrete pathway that runs for just shy of a mile, the Lower Finkbine Trail forms a crucial link in the Iowa City area's multi-use trail network, connecting residents of the University Heights...
IA 0.9 mi Concrete
The Manchester Walkway/Bikeway Trails are a network of concrete paths that form a disconnected circuit around the small city of Manchester, Iowa. The pathway provides a great opportunity for cyclists...
IA 3.5 mi Concrete
Built along the side of the roadway, the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Trail takes you from right outside the heart of Waterloo's urban riverside area into acres of beautiful, open Iowa farmland,...
IA 3.54 mi Concrete
The Muddy Creek Trail is a paved, multi-use trail that runs through the suburban community of Coralville, following the route of the small creek through residential neighborhoods and lovely wooded...
IA 1.8 mi Concrete
The North Ridge Trail is a real gem of a trail, located northwest of Iowa City in the suburban communities of Coralville and North Liberty - the trail is the result of the combination of the North...
IA 6.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Oakdale Boulevard Trail is a sidepath trail that runs along the north side of Oakdale Boulevard through suburban Coralville, Iowa. While most of the trail is little more than a wide sidewalk,...
IA 3.7 mi Concrete
The Ranshaw Way Trail is a sidepath trail for biking and walking in the suburban community of North Liberty, outside Iowa City. The trail runs along the side of Ranshaw Way/Highway 965 for over a...
IA 1.4 mi Concrete
Connecting Waterloo's urban center with a popular recreation area that supports the local ATV community, the Riverview Recreation Area Trail forms a vital link in the area's multi-use trail network...
IA 2.7 mi Concrete
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...
IA 9.9 mi Asphalt
The Shaulis Road Trail is a ten-foot wide concrete trail that runs along the side of Shaulis Road in the sparsely populated southern edge of Waterloo, IA. The trails runs over gentle, rolling hills,...
IA 5.59 mi Concrete
Iowa City's Sycamore Greenway Trail is a paved trail running alongside the Sycamore Greenway, a stormwater management system comprising a series of cells planted with native flowers and grasses, which...
IA 2 mi Asphalt
Located amid residential neighborhoods in southwestern Iowa City, the Willow Creek Trail is a paved, multi-use trail that follows the course of its namesake waterway for about a mile and a half. The...
IA 1.6 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

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.

Accordion

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!!!

Old Creamery Nature Trail

Decent Trail

June, 2023 by mrchief09

This review is based upon my previous two experiences of riding this trail, once in August 2022 and the other just recently in June 2023. I like that the trail is about 15 miles in length. The trail is crushed limestone, mostly compacted, but there are some areas where the gravel is a little loose. For the most part, the trail is pretty decent. There are very slight inclines in places; however, the trail is mostly flat. Crossings over gravel roads and other right of ways through the the trail are fairly well marked. I did not encounter a lot of other traffic on the trail over the course of the multiple times I rode the stretch from Vinton to Dysart. There isn't much along the trail between Vinton to Garrison and then Garrison to Dysart. There are a few areas along the entire trail with a bench for a rest, if needed. There is a nice shelter and rest area in Garrison, which is about 6 miles into the ride from Vinton. The rest area includes a water bottle filling station, and a bike repair station (these were installed in 2022).

The negatives about the trail were that in late summer there was a bit of vegetation overgrowth down the center of the trail, not the entire trail, but parts of the trail. Additionally, on both occassions I rode this trail, there were a number of large potholes, and some smaller ones, which were likely created by burrowing animals. Some of these holes are large enough to cause a significant crash if you are not paying attention and are cruising along at a good speed.

During my most recent experience, I rode on the trail just after a thunderstorm. I have a hybrid bike, so I purposefully underinflated my tires by a few pounds to allow for a less bumby ride. What I hadn't counted on was the trail surface still being a bit soft, so I spent a lot of extra effort just to pedal even on the flat surfaces. Think of riding your bike through sand, perhaps not that bad, but my tires definitely sunk into the surface and I exerted a lot of extra energy and effort to complete the entire 30 mile roundtrip ride.

Overall, this is a nice trail. When the surface is in good condition it's a good ride and the scenery is beautiful. Depending on the time of year, you are likely to see a lot of wildlife such as deer, birds, rabbits, and some raccoons. During one of my rides in 2022, I did spot a bobcat, but it quickly dashed into the tree line once spotting me.

Court Hill Trail

Nice “In-Town” Bike / Wheelchair / Walking Path

June, 2023 by shardin1

This is a paved path that follows a nice wooded creek through the east side of Iowa City. Lots of little park areas & connector paths to various neighborhoods. Friendly people, attractive, safe & mostly tree-lined as well as with the ability to hear & see a creek. Occasional ducks! Perfect for dog-walking, kid walking & biking, indoor toilets & a drinking fountain mid-path. Includes a dog park at Scott Park. Not a hiking path for outdoor adventurers but perfect for a stroll or as part of a more strenuous walk, run, or ride.

Central City Trail (IA)

Very scenic and beautiful Trail!

May, 2023 by maria300

We rode this trail in late May, 2023. The concrete trail is very wide, and just a few slight hills when you reach the campground. It is great to ride along the Wapsipinicon river, and then through the campground itself. A wonderful addition to Central City! if you have your children with you, there are several amazing playgrounds with a rubberized surface, as well as all accessible swings, etc.!

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