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Van Peenen Park Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Decorah, Iowa that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 682 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Running Forest River Views
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Corey Walker
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Liliya Bubiy
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These parks are made up of tons of trails and this app was a bit hard to follow if we wanted to stay on track. Definitely download Trailforks so you don’t get lost, unless that’s what you want. Beautiful park overall, with some steep parts but I’d say it’s pretty worth it. There are also painted rocks hidden around the trails so keep your eyes out for those!

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Jeff Braun
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nice dirt and rock trail with some mountain bikers and several hikers. Beautiful overlook of decorah and pretty much all wooded. It does overlook the trout run River in some areas. Make sure to keep an eye out for painted rocks. If found, pick up take a picture of them, relocate The Rock. And record your findings on the instructions on the back of the Rock.

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Maureen Honzik Michel
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HikingMuddyRocky

Today we took a 3.3 mile hike in Van Peenen Park. The trail is heavily traveled by mountain bikes so it is narrow and deep so it can be an ankle breaker. Although we shortened the previously recorded hike by a mile this trail still gave us quite a workout. There is plenty of uphill and plenty of downhill. You definitely want to have your map up and available for reference throughout your hike because through the years mountain bikers have added off shoots all over this trail and you can easily take a turn that will take you off in another direction. We referenced ours throughout the hike and were able to navigate it no problem by following the directional arrow.

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Judi Deckert
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Hiking

Great trail

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Shania Kelly
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Running

I run these trails all the time. It is beautiful and quiet. Some challenging hills, but always worth it.

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Michael Jaymes
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perfect for friend adventure

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Sarah Matthewson
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Hiking

Loved these trails. There are lots of trails and it connects to Dunning Springs and Palisades Park also. Right in town, easy to get to. The overview says its recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen; however I didn't feel like that is correct, if you are hiking. As far as it being a mountain bike trail, yes, very hard. But hiking, I would say these trails would be fine for about anyone. It is up and down hills, but nothing too steep, nothing scary. Perfect trails for me!

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Brian Svestka
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Multiple trails to choose from. Beautiful scenery and well maintenance trail system. You can use your smart phone to scan a code on the main sign to get a trail map.

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Andrew Townsend
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Therese Moore
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Greg Woods
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Sara Jeranek
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Amanda Kiehl
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Rick Reese
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Kealey Donner
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Kalley Matzen
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W Resch
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Brita Nelson
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Jimmy Vosika
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Tim Walsh
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Matthew Bills
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nicole rusch
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Harold Noe
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Harold Noe
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Ariana Cervantes
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Kim Andera
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Lisa Titus
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Doug Foster
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