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Tallgrass Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Prairie City, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 144 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Paved

River

Wildlife

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Kate Sanders
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Paved trail surrounded by prairie grass. No shade so keep that in mind, and little elevation changes. The trail was very unkept, however, with weeds growing all over it. Unsure if that was due to the wildlife reserve being shut down during the pandemic. Opportunity to see the buffalo, but they weren’t around for us

jacob j.
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WalkingBugsNo shade
Drea Ciarrochi
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Hiking

Nice, peaceful trail. It’s paved and in the sunlight the entire 2 miles so keep that in mind with kids and dogs.

Nate Allen
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Hiking

Nice little trail. No Buffalo up close today but still fun

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Brad Utterback
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Walking

Very nice paved walking trail. Great scenery with the prairie grasses and potential to see bison in the bison viewing area. Not much elevation so it is very easily walked. Great for all ages!

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Ted Bauer
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Hiking

How can you not rate a hike/walk a 5 when you have the opportunity to see buffalo?

Brad Utterback
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Walking

This trail is paved and very easily walked. It is one of our favorite to do.

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Abby G
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Walking

beautiful prairie and nature center

Andrew Dorr
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Hiking

The Tall Grass Trail is a beautiful "hike" (really more of a walk...) through a wonderfully restored tall grass prairie. Very easy trail --- completely paved --- and appropriate for families with young children. We had our toddler and infant in tow and everyone enjoyed. Also make sure to stop by the learning center --- truly a hidden gem in rural Iowa.

Stephanie Davis
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Hiking

Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge has 3 trails: Prairie Overlook Trail (1/2 mile), Tallgrass Trail (2 miles), and the Savana Study Area & Trail (not sure of distance). I took the Tallgrass Trail. By the time you get to the trailhead and at the end of the hike get back to the parking lot, you'll have walked 3 miles. There are several declines and inclines, but they are all gradual. Good paved trail with nice benches every 1/4-1/2 mile to sit and rest or enjoy the sounds of the birds. No pets are allowed on the trails. Really enjoyable walk!

Kelly Bennett
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Hiking

Fun, paved path. Lots of birds, plants and flowers.

Jeremy Haines
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Hiking

I use the paved trail to keep in shape for my hikes out west. Close to home and easy on the feet.

traci leff
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there is a second loop that is through savanna. It is a 1 mile loop of crushed limestone. It is a great trail for children. It is short and sweet with enough to see and enough grade challenge to make it interesting. There are also plenty of benches for rests. Highly recommended.

Mittzi Powell
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Andrew M
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Jim D.
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mary W
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mary W
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Kelly Militello
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Amanda Reynolds
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Heather Pilcher
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Kevin McDonald
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Ayri Limon
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Carrie Sease
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David S
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Randy Owens
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Carrie Sease
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Rick Sheriff
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