Iowa River Corridor Trail


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Iowa River Corridor Trail Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Johnson
Length: 13 miles
Trail end points: Trueblood Recreation Area and Mehaffey Bridge Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8977562

Iowa River Corridor Trail Description

Running throughout Iowa City and the surrounding area, the Iowa River Corridor Trail provides residents and visitors alike with an invaluable off-road means of getting around the city. The trail has several distinct segments and is often more of a sidepath than a traditional multi-use trail, especially the northern end of the trail, but there's no better way to experience the numerous city parks and gorgeous river views on its route.

Starting in the south, the trail begins in the scenic, wooded Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, and heads north along the shady river shoreline through Napoleon Park, which offers parking and restrooms. The trail continues north, hugging the river, and crosses Ralston Creek, where it turns to follow the creek for a short jaunt before crossing over the river at Benton Street. The trail continues without interruption for several miles along the western bank, heading through the sprawling and beautiful campus of the University of Iowa. Trail users may wish to cross back over the river via a pedestrian bridge and head south for a quick detour to check out the city's historic downtown district and the university's main library.

The trail heads north into City Park, a large and beautiful space that hosts a variety of recreational activities. Crossing Park Road, the trail continues next to Dubuque Street, gradually moving away from the river as it turns into a sidepath on Foster Road and heads west. Users can either continue on Foster Road through the Elks Lodge grounds and golf course to reach Crandic Park at the bend in the river, or can turn onto Mackinaw Drive and head through a residential subdivision to pick up the trail along the river again and head into Waterworks Prairie Park.

At this point, the trail continues north on Dubuque Street, tracing the east edge of Waterworks Park and heading all the way into the suburb of North Liberty. This stretch may not be as scenic as the trail's beginnings, but it does provide a useful commuting route for residents. From there, the trail continues along Mehaffey Bridge Road and across the river to east bank.

Parking and Trail Access

Free public parking for the Iowa River Corridor Trail is available at:

  • Napoleon Park (2501 S. Gilbert St);
  • City Park (200 E. Park Rd.);
  • Ned Ashton Park (Benton Street and Iowa River);
  • Crandic Park (51 Rocky Shore Drive);
  • Waterworks Prairie Park (2875 N. Dubuque Street);
  • Liberty High School (1400 Dubuque St NE, North Liberty, IA). 

Iowa River Corridor Trail Reviews

Well Worth Your Time

I’ve ridden this trail from the Mehaffey Bridge South to the I-80 overpass. It’s a nice wide paved trail in great condition. It goes through North Liberty and then south into Iowa City. There are some pretty big hills in this section, but nothing unmanageable. There’s lots to look at along the way, and some opportunities for side trips, like through Waterworks Prairie Park which was very nice! At the far south end the trail loops around Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, which is a great place to spend some time. They have kayaking and other water sports. You could easily spend half a day enjoying this trail.

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