Shell Rock River Trail (Butler County Nature Trail)

Iowa

Shell Rock River Trail (Butler County Nature Trail) Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Butler
Length: 5.9 miles
Trail end points: County Rd. C33 and Temple Ave. (Clarksville) and N. Public Rd. and Walnut Ave. (Shell Rock)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015665
Trail activities: Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Shell Rock River Trail (Butler County Nature Trail) Description

The Shell Rock River Trail, also known as the Butler County Nature Trail, connects the eastern edge of Clarksville with the community of Shell Rock. The trail runs through open fields and at times approaches the Shell Rock River.

The trail is part of the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System, which consists of several open segments along an old railroad corridor: The 15-mile Rolling Prairie Trail; the 7-mile Waverly Rail Trail; a recent extension, the 2-mile Denver-Jefferson Trail; and the 6-mile Readlyn Grump Trail.

When complete, the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System will connect nine communities, three counties and two state parks along its 80-mile length.

Parking and Trail Access

Access to the trail is located about 0.5 mile north of State Route 3 near Shell Rock along Butler County Road T-63/N. Public Road.

Shell Rock River Trail (Butler County Nature Trail) Reviews

This is a very nice sub 20 mile round trip ride into two small Iowa towns of Clarksville and Shell Rock. We started in Shell Rock and toured on this shaded smooth blacktop trail to Clarksville. The trail ends on C33 and it is a road ride with shoulder into Clarkville the last mile or two. My only complaint was the lack of signs for directions. We looked for the water tower and went by instinct. Food, water, and snacks are available at both ends. This is a nice short ride and very scenic.

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