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The Flint River Trail, when complete, will run for approximately 20 miles between downtown Burlington, Iowa, and the Big Hollow Creek Recreation Area in the northern part of Des Moines County. The trail will also link together other popular sites, including Starr's Cave Park and Preserve—home to a substantial bat population—and Thye Woods Habitat Preserve, as well as the Zion Schoolhouse historic landmark.
Although the bulk of the trail is still in development, 1.5 miles of the Flint River Trail are paved and open for use. The open section runs from 113th Street (north of downtown Burlington) to the levee behind the Case New Holland factory. A converted railroad trestle there is ready for pedestrian and bicycle use. This portion of the Flint River Trail occupies the same former corridor that the Hoover Nature Trail is being built upon. The trail continues east from the levee to Mill Dam Road and west to open space directly behind Case New Holland.
In the near future, the trail will be extended from the point behind Case New Holland to the intersection of County Highway 99 and Cash Street along the Mississippi River.
Parking for the Flint River Trail can be found where it meets Tama Road, midway between the levee and 113th Street.
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