Mormon Handcart Trail

Iowa

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Mormon Handcart Trail Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Johnson
Length: 0.5 miles
Trail end points: Clear Creek Trail and Hawkeye Ct.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10874080
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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Mormon Handcart Trail Description

Located in a creekside park on the outskirts of the campus of the Univeristy of Iowa, visitors who travel on the Mormon Handcart Trail will learn quite a bit about the journey that the Mormon handcart settlers made in the mid-1800s - although fortunately the half-mile trail makes for a much more manageable journey than the one the settlers had to make.

The short, asphalt trail features informational signage along the route, providing trail users with accounts of the mass migration that Mormon settlers made from the Midwest out to Utah - many of whom towed their belongings behind them in handcarts since they were unable to afford horses or oxen. The trail provides a nice, leisurely route through a forested area to the south of Clear Creek, and also acts as a shortcut that connects between parts of the Clear Creek Trail, which follows the scenic creek corridor into Coralville and out towards Tiffin.

For those interested in the history of the area, or those just looking for a pleasant place for a short walk or jog, the Mormon Handcart Trail is a neat little hidden gem.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the eastern end of the trail at the trailhead located off of Hawkeye Court, just north from Hawkeye Park Road.

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