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Running through a beautiful expanse of woods and fields just a short distance east of Denison, Iowa, the Wheels to Heels Trail offers residents and visitors to this western Iowa community an excellent, paved recreation path that leads to Yellow Smoke Park. The county park is a popular recreation site, with a forty-acre lake for fishing and swimming and ample space for camping and picnicking, all accessible via the almost four-mile Wheels to Heels Trail.
The trail can be accessed in Denison at the end of 6th Avenue, or further south at the ends of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Avenues. Making its way across the rolling hills in the countryside outside the city, the trail follows a corridor frequently-lined with trails to provide some shade, forming a loop through the county park and around the lake. The southern part of the loop passes through the industrial campuses of the Denison Job Corps and Western Iowa Tech Community College, while the northern part offers a more removed, scenic trail experience.
With signage along the route detailing the location of popular nearby destinations, and access to any number of opportunities for outdoor fun, the Wheels to Heels Trail is one of the premier recreation facilities in Crawford County.
Parking is available at the northwestern end of the loop in Denison, at the trailhead at the end of 6th Avenue. Additional parking and restroom facilities are available in Yellow Smoke Park, located at 2237 Yellow Smoke Road, just north from Highway 30.
Well, I live here and it is the only safe ride away from traffic. Depending on your training and what you are looking for on a particular ride, will be what you experience. You have 5 medium to hard hills. What you do get is beautiful scenery as you ride around the lake. Be careful not ride too fast as there are quite a few walkers since it is on the edge of residential area. There are some tight and hidden turns.
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