Prairie Land Trail


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Prairie Land Trail Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Cerro Gordo
Length: 11.3 miles
Trail end points: 240th St (Mason City) and Jonquil Ave (Swaledale)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 11051918


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Prairie Land Trail Description

The Prairie Land Trail follows an abandoned railroad corridor 11.3 miles between 240th Street in Mason City and Jonquil Avenue in Swaledale. With a surface of crushed limestone, the rail-trail runs through bucolic farmland.

The plans for the rail-trail include converting the rest of the 21-mile portion of the former Union Pacific railbed owned by the Iowa Dept of Transportation (IDOT) into usable trail. The trail would stretch across Cerro Gordo county between Mason City and Mersevey, connecting with Mason City's own network of trails. 


Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at 10365 150th Street in Swaledale. Visit the TrailLink map for detailed directions.

Prairie Land Trail Reviews

descent but nothing special

The trail starts south of mason city and goes to Thornton (15 miles each way) . It’s crushed limestone with very little shade and no benches to stop and rest. It’s basically a continuous trail through farm fields. It’s the only long distance trail in the mason city area so it’s better than nothing.

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