Grant Wood Trail (Linn County Segment)

Iowa

Grant Wood Trail (Linn County Segment) Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Linn
Length: 8 miles
Trail end points: State Hwy 13/US 151 (Marion) and the creek just west of Linn Jones Rd. (nr. Martelle)
Trail surfaces: Grass, Gravel, Sand
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6304531
Trail activities: Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Grant Wood Trail (Linn County Segment) Description

About 8 miles of the Grant Wood Trail in Linn County has been constructed so far (2012) along a former Milwaukee Road right-of-way between Marion and Martelle. The trail currently is in three separate segments over a 10-mile stretch, the longest of which is the westernmost segment in Marion (3.25 miles). The trail is named for the early 20th-century Iowa artist, perhaps best known for his painting "American Gothic."

The first (western) segment begins at State Route 13/US 151 and heads east to Oxley Road. The second segment runs a shorter distance between Creekside Road and Springville Road. The third segment runs between Alderman Road and a creek about a third to half mile east of Taylor Road, where it comes to an abrupt dead-end just west of Linn Johnson Road.

All segments of the Grant Wood Trail follow a narrow wooded corridor and open green space among farm fields and farmsteads, occasionally tracing the course of a creek. The trail is compacted gravel on the western section and also features a prehistoric bog. You can link the disconnected segments on-road if traveling by bike. Pick up the Jones County portion of the trail in Martelle.

There are plans to link the segments one day and also build an underpass at SR 13 to link with trails in Marion. The trail is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Parking and Trail Access

There is limited parking on the westernmost segment along SR 12/US 151 and at the Oxley Road end.

Grant Wood Trail (Linn County Segment) Reviews

You may not want to try this on a narrow-tired road bike, the surface is largely either turf, sand, or rocky turf :)

The Westernmost segment is about 3.2 miles long, somewhere in the middle there is maybe 50-75 yards of boggy (wet) grass from a spring, your tires may cut in a little.

It's about .7 miles of surface roads to the Center segment, which is about 2.3 miles long.

The Easternmost segment appears to have been abandoned. The TrailLink map shows the West end of this segment beginning at Alderman Rd, but, I don't think that the trail is accessible there unless you ride a fat bike and enjoy serious boon-docking. There -is- access to the Easternmost segment at Linn Grove Rd, (about 3.3 miles of Gravel roads from the East end of the Center segment), but, it's only passable going East, and then only for about .25 miles of nearly knee-high grass, until it dead-ends into a fence.


A great trail if you want to try a more primitive bike ride.I used a mountain bike and glad I did.This is mostly a grass trail with a gravel rut to run on,I saw a few walkers with dogs but no other bikers.It has great potential! Rode 1st 2 segments starting from Highway 13 going east and ran out time as I averaged about 8 mph because it's a little slower going.A cool change of pace from the normal Cedar Rapids paved trails!

I love to run on grass, and there's still some to run on here.

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