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it was a beautiful day in February with unseasonably warm temperatures. The trail does have steep inclines but generally meanders through the woods for a nice walk. There are a number of Boy Scout Eagle award project benches along the trail. The preserve has a lot of wild life and we counted 8 different types of birds.

It was nice, a little steep on the tail end.

hiking
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hiking
6 days ago

Very few people. Amazing scenery. Can't wait to go back

hiking
15 days ago

Muddy nature trails at this time of the year but will be very nice in the springs and summer. Saw a deer, river is nice and goes over a train track.

road biking
22 days ago

Paved, shaded, wind-blocked. Rail-to-trail, so minimal inclines. Goes through tunnels under major highways/roads so minimal risk and interruption to the ride. One of my favorites.

Some of Iowa's best hiking trails. Amazing views of the Mississippi River. Well-maintained trails that are well marked. there are two sections of trails. The north section starts at the visitor center. the trailhead for the South section is a short drive down the road from The Visitor Center. a nice Visitor Center that is staffed with a park ranger. It's a small Museum that gives the history of the Indian mounds. There are nice indoor bathrooms and a fountain for filling up water bottles inside the visitor center. it's a moderately strenuous hike up the bluff to get to the Indian mounds on either section. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. I would definitely go again.