Spencer, IA Walking Trails and Maps

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Ed Winkel Memorial Trail

4.7 mi
State: IA
Gravel

George Recreational Trail

3.6 mi
State: IA
Concrete

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

Puddle Jumper Trail

2 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Sandy Hollow Recreation Trail

3.1 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

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
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Ed Winkel Memorial Trail runs for nearly 5 miles from the small town of Sibley in Osceola County, Iowa to just west of the unincorporated community of Allendorf. Offering a hint at much of Iowa's...
IA 4.7 mi Gravel
Located in the sleepy town of George, in the northwestern corner of Iowa, the George Recreational Trail provides the small community with an excellent path for recreation and exercise. The trail forms...
IA 3.6 mi Concrete
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
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
*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 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 Sandy Hollow Recreation Trail is part of Sioux Center's bike-ped system. The trail stretches east-west, as opposed to the Sioux Center Bike Path which is oriented north-south. The Sandy Hollow...
IA 3.1 mi Asphalt
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

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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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

George Recreational Trail

IA - 3.6 miles

Located in the sleepy town of George, in the northwestern corner of Iowa, the George Recreational Trail provides the small community with an excellent path for recreation and exercise. The trail forms...

Sandy Hollow Recreation Trail

IA - 3.1 miles

The Sandy Hollow Recreation Trail is part of Sioux Center's bike-ped system. The trail stretches east-west, as opposed to the Sioux Center Bike Path which is oriented north-south. The Sandy Hollow...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

George Recreational Trail

IA - 3.6 miles

Located in the sleepy town of George, in the northwestern corner of Iowa, the George Recreational Trail provides the small community with an excellent path for recreation and exercise. The trail forms...

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...

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...

Sandy Hollow Recreation Trail

IA - 3.1 miles

The Sandy Hollow Recreation Trail is part of Sioux Center's bike-ped system. The trail stretches east-west, as opposed to the Sioux Center Bike Path which is oriented north-south. The Sandy Hollow...

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...

Ed Winkel Memorial Trail

IA - 4.7 miles

The Ed Winkel Memorial Trail runs for nearly 5 miles from the small town of Sibley in Osceola County, Iowa to just west of the unincorporated community of Allendorf. Offering a hint at much of Iowa's...

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...

Sandy Hollow Recreation Trail

IA - 3.1 miles

The Sandy Hollow Recreation Trail is part of Sioux Center's bike-ped system. The trail stretches east-west, as opposed to the Sioux Center Bike Path which is oriented north-south. The Sandy Hollow...

Ed Winkel Memorial Trail

IA - 4.7 miles

The Ed Winkel Memorial Trail runs for nearly 5 miles from the small town of Sibley in Osceola County, Iowa to just west of the unincorporated community of Allendorf. Offering a hint at much of Iowa's...

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...

Accordion

George Recreational Trail

IA - 3.6 miles

Located in the sleepy town of George, in the northwestern corner of Iowa, the George Recreational Trail provides the small community with an excellent path for recreation and exercise. The trail forms...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

Puddle Jumper Trail

Beautiful

August, 2021 by hoffman9

Very peaceful and beautiful. Short, but nice. Only 4 stars b/c the crushed rock can be soft and uneven in places.

Puddle Jumper Trail

Beautiful

August, 2021 by hoffman9

Very peaceful and beautiful ride. Only a couple miles, but very nice. The reason for only 4 stars is that the crushed rock makes a soft and somewhat uneven riding surface.

Three Rivers Trail

still a well-kept secret!

July, 2021 by jvjovette

We only walked a bit of the trail, but saw no one on it the whole 30-45 min we were on it.

Accordion

Laurens Prairie Preservation Trail

Great short trail

July, 2021 by jvjovette

Took our 6-month-old puppy on a summer, Monday, mid-afternoon. Met one walker and one bicycler. It was mostly quiet and mostly shady with benches along the way. It is near a highway, but far enough away and within a speed zone, so even semis were not a challenge. A nice walk on a basically flat trail.

Iowa Great Lakes Trail

They have added about 3.75 miles to the west of the trail from Hyvee in Spirit Lake west to Vick's Corner on Highway 86.

July, 2021 by lillepad

They have added about 3.75 miles to the west of the trail from Hyvee in Spirit Lake west to Vick's Corner on Highway 86.

Three Rivers Trail

great trail!

May, 2021 by mpwt4fpdup

Awesome biking trail! Very smooth packed gravel trail. Restrooms and air stations available in some areas. Plan full day and bring water/energy bars.

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!

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.

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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