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Connecting the small Iowa town of Correctionville to one of Woodbury County's most popular recreation sites, Little Sioux Park, the Union Bridge Trail provides over a mile and a half of paved, concrete trail. The trail spans from the southern end of Correctionville, crossing over the Little Sioux River, and then heading down through a pleasant, tree-lined corridor to the county park.
The segment of the trail from Correctionville to the river follows the route of a former Illinois Central Railroad line, and the trail gets its name from the historic Union Bridge pratt truss bridge that now allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross the river. The bridge was built in 1881, but after the rail line was abandoned, salvagers removed one of the spans, rendering the bridge unusable - thankfully, nearby Monona County sold one of their own historic bridges to be relocated to complete the bridge and the trail.
On the southern end of the trail, Little Sioux Park offers great opportunities for fishing and camping around its 10-acre lake, with additional hiking trails that give you a chance to further explore the beautiful marsh and prairie landscapes around the river.
Opened in 2007, the Union Bridge Trail gives local residents an excellent exercise and recreation path, and provides a great way for anyone visiting the county park to make their way into town to check out the offerings in the small community of Correctionville.
Parking and restrooms are available in Little Sioux Park, located about two miles south of Correctionville off of Highway 31, at 1746 O'Brien Avenue.
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