Terry Trueblood Rec Area

EASY 10 reviews

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 offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles 32 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly





trail running





wild flowers


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.

2 months ago

4 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

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.

10 months ago

11 months ago

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!

1 year ago

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

2 years ago

road biking
3 years ago

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.

4 years ago

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.

4 years ago