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The Iowa 330/US 30 Trail stretches from just west of the small town of Melbourne to the outskirts of Marshalltown, the largest city and county seat of Marshall County, located close to the geographic center of Iowa. Paralleling its two namesake roadways, the paved pathway provides a safe transportation alternative for bicyclists and pedestrians.
On its northern end, the trail provides access to the Grimes Farm Nature Center and connects to the Linn Creek Recreational Trail, which offers a scenic and winding route through the heart of Marshalltown before ending at Riverview Park in the city's northeast corner.
Perhaps what is most exciting about the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail is its potential. The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail currently ends in the town of Rhodes, less than 4 miles from Melbourne and the western trailhead for the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail. Future plans call for the extension of the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail to Melbourne and the completion of another short section of the trail east of Collins. When the entire trail is finished, intrepid runners and riders would be able to travel uninterrupted on a series of off-road trails for more than 60 miles from northeast Marshalltown to Woodward in Dallas County and points south such as Ankeny and even Des Moines.
There is a trailhead at the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail's western endpoint in Melbourne, which includes a small gravel parking lot. The lot is located off Gerhart Avenue, just north of State Route 330. Some parking can also be found at Grimes Farm Nature Center. If you plan on reaching the trail from downtown Marshalltown, consider parking at one of the Linn Creek Recreational Trail's designated parking lots and following the trail westward until you reach the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail at Highland Acres Road.
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