River's Edge Trail (IA)


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River's Edge Trail (IA) Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Hardin, Marshall
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail end points: Ann Keyer Trailhead to W. Summit Street overpass, just east of N. 27th St. (Marshalltown); and S. 1st St. to River Road (Steamboat Rock)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10086689

River's Edge Trail (IA) Description

Following a former railroad corridor, the River's Edge Trail (formerly known as Iowa River Trail) will one day span 34 miles from Marshalltown in Marshall County to Steamboat Rock in Hardin County. Currently, two short segments are open at either end of the trail.

In Marshalltown, the paved pathway spans 2.1 miles and traverses residential neighborhoods on the city's west side.

In Steamboat Rock, a 0.6-mile section of trail begins at S. 1st Street, just south of Main Street, and heads west through a tree-lined corridor and over the Iowa River to end near River Road.

Parking and Trail Access

In Marshalltown, begin the trail at the Ann Keyer Trailhead, located just north of the YMCA at Wilson Circle. You can also access the trail at various cross streets along the way.

In Steamboat Rock, parking is available near the west end of the trail at the intersection of W. Main Street and N. 8th Street.

River's Edge Trail (IA) Reviews

B.K.S. (Best Kept Secret) Steamboat Rock Trail

We initially came into town to visit the Steamboat Rock Dam and Iowa River access point for kayaking. We then discovered the bike/walking trail which is one of the best we’ve seen. We already planned loading up our bikes and coming back to use it. We enjoyed the natural grasses and wild flowers along the trail. Viewing the Iowa River off the bridges was spectacular! I hope the people who live in this area appreciate the GEMs they have right here in town and utilize it to it’s fullest. Down the road about a mile we saw Inner Tube Rentals (lots loaded on busses ready to go) and they take you to the river and in you go, they pick you up down river. They have bike, kayak, canoe rentals as well. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TRAIL.

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