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The Cedar River Greenbelt Trail snakes along the west side of the river between Osage and Mitchell. The limestone trail is suitable for walking, jogging, biking and horseback riding. The trail is open year round; in the wintertime, it's also used for cross-country skiing (skiis can be rented at the Owen Nature Center). Fishing and hunting are also permitted at designated locations in the greenbelt. The trail winds through the riparian woods, moving closer and further from the river at different points. Resident wildlife like deer and diverse birdlife can be spotted on the way.
The trail ends at the Falklands Wildlife Area, where the Mitchell County Conservation Board Headquarters and Owen Nature Center are located. The Harry Cook Nature Trail is located about half a mile away. It can be accessed by taking State Highway 9 to Spring Park Road and then taking that road south to the nature trail.
Parking is available at Mitchell County Conservation Board HQ (18793 Hwy. 9 Osage, Osage, IA).
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