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One of the closest hiking to Omaha. We come here all the time. There are a lot of short trails here that you can combine to make harder or easier hikes depending on your wishes. They are all well marked too. So, take a map with you (you can grab one at the parking lot) and enjoy! Oh, there is also an overlook at the office to check out.

Great trails for hiking with my dog. Beautiful scenery!

Moderate is pretty accurate once you get closer to Mingo and beyond. Bondurant to that point the trail is very flat and easy.

have rode it several times love it

Really enjoyed how the trails were “natural” at some points and it provides good practice for “climbs”

hiking
1 month ago

Great set of trails off the beaten path. If you are looking for a longer trail away from most of the public... you will love this location. Several times I have hiked the 10+ mile trails and never passed a single person.

mountain biking
1 month ago

My wife and I pulled our kids on this trail on Father’s Day. We parked at the Pella Water Treatment Facility and then biked down to the Des Moines river to view the bald eagles. Easy ride going to the river. A little more challenging going back to the car. Overall great experience.

road biking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! By far my favorite.

Great place for dogs.

3 months ago

Great trail for a family hike.

Had a great time doing this with my teen daughter and her friend in early-early spring. We literally didn't see another person the entire time we were in the forest. The western part of this loop is fantastic - it feels wild, it's not super easy, the terrain is somewhat rugged. I think they could do a better job of keep the trail off roads on the eastern and northern parts though, as it ruins the ambience to walk along a road. Still, this was better than we expected, and it was fun to get in some good snow-free backpacking while Minnesota is still covered in snow and ice.

We stayed at the Brown's Hollow camp, which was quite a lot less primitive than I expected, given that it's a filter and cathole camp area - there are big, proper fire grates and benches in predefined camping areas. Given the iffy weather, that was an unexpected perk. I'd certainly do this again.

love this trail! use it for training for long distance hikes.

Today was snowy but above freezing. The trail was a good amount of hills and tree cover. It blocked the wind and made for an enjoyable hike. Since we could here hunters toward the eastern end of the trail, we only did the western half. We will definitely go back again.

trail running
9 months ago

Nice surface, tons of wildlife, no interruptions.

Real hilly trails this place has! I wish I lived closer so I could hike/jog it more often. I haven't found a better place to go than Hitchcock in at least a 200 mile radius from where I live.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice kept trail!

I loved it. I hiked two trails and was one with nature.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

My favorite local hike.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great trail for an easy walk. Travel the loop counter clockwise and camp at the last camp. It's an awesome little open grass field with great shade trees and a good creek for collecting water. I did this trail in a few hours with my 14 year old son...so needless to say it's a pretty easy walk. Very enjoyable and I would do it again.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This trail is very well maintained in both counties, however Wayne County side of the trail is grass. When I biked the trail, the grass was mowed short and we are in a draught so it was pretty much all dead. According to my Garmin it is 15.5 miles from Chariton to Humeston. 10 miles to Derby from Chariton. This is on an old rail line so the sites are nice and they do have areas to rest on the way (some are in need of repair). I would highly recommend the trail for trail running, biking, walking and best of all, dogs are allowed.

Love it. Clearly marked trailed. Beautiful scenery. Lots of options.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This trail was a great place to hike on! The path isn't very "paved" so it was ragged and rough after the first quarter mile. Also, not much tree coverage so expect lots of sun! We started on the Fox Run Ridge and cut over to Dozer Cut which felt like mostly steep downhill trekking and then jumped back on to Fox Run Ridge (they meet at a point) until we hit the dead end which was kind of rewarding as it's a beautiful look out! We turned around and hit the Hohneke Trail to Hawk Ridge. Just before taking Hawk Ridge there's a small "pond" which wasn't worth walking by as it was swampy and gross. Hawk Ridge is marked as a moderate trail on the paper map, but it was very difficult since it was all uphill and again not paved at all. Then we made it up to the boardwalk and walked around the road to get back to our vehicle.

The paper map marks trails blue - easy, yellow - moderate and red - difficult. Fix Hill Ridge and Dozer Cut were both Blue and it they were moderate and yellow was definitely difficult so we could only imagine what red had going on.

**Going downhill was steep and going uphill was probably the best (most difficult part).

horseback riding
Friday, July 07, 2017

This is an equestrian trail. The lake is pretty, but equestrian trails do not make good hiking trails.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

$2 entrance fee. Nice trail options. Bathroom available at the Lodge. Cool tower to climb.

road biking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Easy ride, perfect for family outings. Plenty to see in a pretty prairie area.

on Five-Ridge Prairie

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Went there today. Some of the trails are pretty overgrown. Make sure to google the park and find the map on the mycountyparks website. The paths aren't maintained and sometimes very overgrown. I managed to get myself lost down some fire break paths but having a map made it easy to figure out.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

pretty place. never been covered in ticks so thoroughly before. stripped down before getting into the truck. pretty place

A hidden gem right outside of Omaha with plenty of trails from easy to difficult. The trails lead to picturesque views of the Loess Hills into the prairie grasses of Iowa.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Amazing

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