Pioneer Trail


Pioneer Trail Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Grundy
Length: 11.5 miles
Trail end points: Holland and Grundy Center, Morrison, Reinbeck
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015648
Trail activites: Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Pioneer Trail Description

The Pioneer Trail is named to give a nod to the people who settled in Grundy County in the 1850s. Eventually, the railroad came to serve the farm communities of Holland, Grundy Center, Morrison and Reinbeck. The trail now replaces the rails, which runs 12 miles between Reinbeck and Holland, with two 0.5-mile gaps (east of Grundy Center and west of Reinbeck). The gaps must be bridged via road since there is no public access between them.

The crushed and packed limestone surface accommodates walkers, cyclists and runners, while a grassy adjacent track is perfect for horseback riding. The trail provides access to several conservation areas, a couple of which are right along the route. Visit the Black Hawk Creek Wildlife Area, about 0.25 mile north of Morrison on County Road T53, with self-guided nature trails and a suspension bridge.

Other nearby points of interest include Holland Marsh, Wolfe Family Preserve, Shearn Park, Grundy County Heritage Museum, Buckles Wildlife Area, Gutknecht Park, Copley-Strohbehn Preserve, and the Reinbeck section of the Grundy County Greenbelt, all teeming with wildlife and native prairie vegetation.

Parking and Trail Access

You access the trail from any of the communities along its route. Find limited parking at Wolfe Family Preserve off Diagonal Rd./Route 175 just east of Grundy Center and farther along the same road at Shearn Park west of Morrison (middle segment).

Pioneer Trail Reviews

The Pioneer Trail provides a nice way to enjoy the countryside across the central part of Grundy County. With the exception of a couple of gaps in the trail in and around Grundy Center, cycling the trail is a very enjoyable experience.

An effort is currently underway in Grundy Center to close some of the gaps in the Pioneer Trail between Grundy Center and Reinbeck. Currently, a gap in the trail exists within the city limits of Grundy Center, as well as from the east edge of Grundy Center for approximately a mile east where the trail resumes again. Community groups are currently working with the city and other groups to raise funding to construct a trail that will link these sections with an effort to make the Pioneer Trail contiguous through this area. More information to come!

The Pioneer Trail is a roughly 12 mile crushed limestone trail that extends from Holland on the west, through Grundy Center, Morrison and eventually ending at Reinbeck at the eastern terminus. It follows the old Rock Island railroad line that once traversed across Grundy County from near Reinbeck to Wellsburg and beyond through the northwest corner of Grundy County. The trail was developed in 1986 and is managed by the Grundy County Conservation Board. Currently there are two gaps in the just east of Grundy Center, and another just west of Reinbeck. Efforts are currently underway to close the gaps so that one does not need to detour around these areas. It is a nice, flat trail perfect for cycling, running, walking or other activities. It adjoins several parcels of land that make up the Grundy County Greenbelt between Grundy Center and Morrison, including the Blackhawk Creek Wildlife Area just north of the trail near Morrison.

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