Loved these trails. There are lots of trails and it connects to Dunning Springs and Palisades Park also. Right in town, easy to get to. The overview says its recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen; however I didn't feel like that is correct, if you are hiking. As far as it being a mountain bike trail, yes, very hard. But hiking, I would say these trails would be fine for about anyone. It is up and down hills, but nothing too steep, nothing scary. Perfect trails for me!
Jc R. on Van Peenen Park Trail
Very steep climbs and descents that go on for a long time. This trail certainly has more topography than other MTB trails in IA. Make sure you practice riding plenty of hills before tackling this trail. Overall a great place to ride and you'll hardly see another person on the trail all day.