Lake Macbride Nature Recreation Area is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Solon, IA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Relatively primitive in terms of amenities, but several checkpoints with running water and clean bathrooms. No trash facilities, pack in - pack it out. Tent camp sites, no running water or electricity, hike-in widely spaced spots. Each tent site has fire ring, charcoal grill, picnic table.
We hike here a lot! I love the trails and there's so much to see! The Raptor Center is a bonus!
My favorite trail in Johnson Co. It contains 7.1 mls of trails, in a peninsula bordered by Co.Rd. F-22. All levels of hiking, from easy(Bluebird), moderate(Blue Stem, Hawk Ravine & Field Campus). The Osprey trail is rugged and connects to the MacBride Spillway. Owned by Corps & Iowa, it is managed by the U of Iowa. Their managers, Robert & Bob love it as much as I and our work there shows it. Two nice campgrounds and real bathroom/running water. Great cross-country skiing in winter, sailing club and Raptor Center. Check out the bird blind, nice rest after hiking.
Really nice campsite. Really enjoyed the day. Nice clean bathrooms.
I definitely recommend The Rapture Project! This park has a nice sequence of trails and wildlife and is definitely easy to spend a day here.
The Raptor Project is a must see if you are hiking this area. There are several raptors housed on permanent display in outdoor cages for public viewing. No admission but I always leave a few bucks in the donation bin for this worthy cause. There is a short 1/4 mile walk in from the parking area, or it can also be reached via the hiking trails that criss-cross the vicinity if you started from another trailhead. Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures can all be seen up close. There is also a prairie restoration area, butterfly garden and trails leading to the shore of the lake. There is also a well stocked bird feeding station with bird blind for observation. Many of the common woodland species can be seen from the blind including, nuthatches, Cardinals, Wrens, woodpeckers, finches, sparrows, Titmouse, and Blue Jays.