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Sheldon, Iowa bills itself as a city "where family comes first". It makes sense, then why the city would invest in the Sheldon Recreational Trail, which crosses the city from Country Club Road in the east to the Northwest Iowa Community College in the west. The trail hosts a range of uses including walking, biking and rollerblading. It's separated from vehicular traffic, making it safe and pleasant for even the youngest users. It's also flat and easy, accommodating users of all ages and abilities. However, there is an exception to nonmotorized uses rule: seniors and persons with disabilities can get a permit to use a golf cart on the bike-ped pathway. Benches and trash receptacles are helpfully provided at intervals.
From east to west, some of the destinations residents can access via the trail include: Sheldon Middle School, Sheldon High School; Sunrise Park; Hills Park, where a brick arch marks the trailhead; and the Community College. The trail also takes users into nature, with restored native prairie near the college and a picturesque corridor of trees near Sunrise Park. It's also a good place to go birding or watching for small wildlife.
Park at Hills Park (220 Marietta Rd, Sheldon). You can also find restrooms, picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles at this location (along with the iconic red brick arch at the trailhead).
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