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Terry Trueblood Rec Area is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Iowa City, Iowa that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 19 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Running Lake Paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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There is a concrete path that is wide and makes a loop around the lake. Great place for birding. Terry Trueblood Recreation Area is a one time sand and gravel quarry along the Iowa River at the south edge of Iowa City. The lake itself has about 95.5 acres of surface area and the total site is approximately 207 acres. Site improvements and expansion are ongoing at this site.

Large Lot on North end with boat ramp and trailer parking. Bathrooms available near lot. Picnic pavilions available.

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Bob Amos
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Lindsay Wooldridge
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Stefan Mabarak
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Dawn McClure
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This is a great trail if you just need a little nature scenery escape from the city. Rated a 4 because it was exactly as the description stated. It’s not a hike or even a trail but it’s a very nice large paved sidewalk around a small lake.

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Mike User
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Bob Amos
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Outstanding end of the day walk. so proud of the time. in

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Amelia Slaichert
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WalkingGreat!

A good place to get out and go for a stroll.

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Melissa West
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Walking

My dog and I enjoy walking this trail! Great trail and beautiful scenery.

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Amber Foster
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Walking

Great place to walk with kids and dogs! My daughter loved the playground along the way and my dog loved the little beach. Definitely not for someone looking for a difficult hike, but trail is a nice length that it tuckered everyone out.

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Emma Hartke
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Walking

Great walking trail! Easy, flat 2 mile loop with prairie and wooded areas. There is also a sandy peninsula that my dog and I love to go and walk around on, and where she likes to swim a little!

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Maggie Kelly
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Riley Curry
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Walking

The paved trail is great for those with strollers. Terry Trueblood is beautiful!

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Payten Curry
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Hiking

A nice trail if you're looking for something easy and paved with a good view!

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Kassie Baron
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Walking

A really easy, paved loop around the lake. It was a nice place to bring the doggo, but be careful! I pulled a tick off him even this late in the year.

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Katy Christensen
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Scott Simpson
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Running

Nice and easy run on a paved path. Expect a mild swarm of insects on the trail: many grasshoppers and crickets abound, and if you've ever had the pleasure you know they often jump into you, rather than away. Besides that, a nice little lake among the fields and trees; take the river path to get there.

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Isabelle Olson
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I have enjoyed the area for a few years now. I have walked and biked around Sand Lake. The flowers bloom from early spring through late fall. Birds and wild life populate the park and are fun to view. My grandchildren enjoy fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking,biking and chasing tumbleweeds. Love the park!

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Richard Levine
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Hiking

Boring flat urban trail. Better birding at the Res or MacBride. Good for elderly & kids.

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Charles Glasnapp
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Road biking

Its not really woodsy as I like my trails... But all around not a a bad place for a morning run or bike if your close to the area.

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Adam J
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A great place for birding or a walk, jog, run or spin on a wheeled contraption. As configured now (due to ongoing construction on site) the wide paved concrete loop is apx. 1.9 miles around. There are two brand new paved parking lots, one on the north end and another on the south-east end. There is a boat launch and ample parking at the north lot. Under construction now (fall-winter 2012) are picnic pavillions, indoor restrooms, and what appears to be a visitors center or multi-purpose building. The birding can be exellent here. Many birds including Finches, Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, blackbirds, woodpeckers, water foul, shorebirds, hawks, Osprey and Bald Eagles can be found here.

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Tre Stanton
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J M
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Curley Loreen
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Brock Sherman
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Abigail Whitford
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Maggie Baker
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Jessica Freese
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Samuel Pang
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Melissa Ruth
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